Our stories

It has always been important to us to understand what changes happen in people who participate in the arts at the Old Fire Station. What impact does being part of AOFS – as a volunteer, artist, trainee, staff member, trustee, audience member, partner or friend, and doing anything from putting on a show to sorting out the accounts – have on the people who do it? How does it affect their life? Why is this important to them?

Evaluators Liz Firth and Anne Pirie facilitated a storytelling project in 2018, using the Most Significant Change technique to collect stories of significant change from participants. Click here to read them.

If you want to talk to us about this methodology, contact hannah.eastwood@oldfirestation.org.uk

“The learning from this report has strengthened our belief that everything we do is dependent upon good quality relationships – within the team, with our partners and funders, with our volunteers and trainees and artists and with our public. And that good quality relationships enable us to present a great programme, include vulnerable people, support artists, develop audiences, retain a fantastic team and make money. And that if we all decided to give more time and attention to the way we behave with each other as individuals and organisations, this would bring about the systemic changes which we need to make Oxford a better place.” – Jeremy Spafford, Director

You can also hear the stories read by actors Steve Hay and Lucy Hoult: