I have two roles here at the Centre; one is to support people wishing to become professional storytellers. The first port of call towards joining the Directory is to contact me with a letter and short storytelling CV. You would then be welcomed onto the apprenticeship scheme – which can take from two to three years. I support this by creating apprenticeship gatherings, peer led development groups and by putting people in touch with mentors and training courses etc. My other role is to support and administer the Life Stories project. Here I help seek funding so that storytellers can work fruitfully in care homes and day centres, bringing storytelling to older people. I am also a storyteller, and it is helpful to be on both sides of the fence!