COBU is the abbreviation for ‘COmmunity BUilding through self-managed volunteer groups’. In Dutch; building communities through self-managed volunteer groups. It is a European project in which the Storytelling Centre is working with partners in Spain, France and Hungary. In this project, we train people to develop their own initiatives with and for the community they are part of. Such an initiative can be anything: knitting together, cooking, setting up a bicycle repair shop, playing bridge, chess or telling each other a story every week. These are just a few examples.
In this project, the Storytelling Centre chose to train volunteers in being able to tell short, personal stories. For this, we used the Share to connect method. Participants were then trained to organise Living Libraries independently and to train others to tell a short, personal story. Thanks to the COBU project, we now have a group of volunteers to continue our Living Libraries.
To find out more about the COBU project and its partners, visit cobuplatform.eu