This all-day event showcased the range of research projects which have been supported by Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding.

The Symposium theme this year was “The Power of Stories”.  We believe that storytelling – the sharing of project ideas, content, processes, and achieved impact – is a powerful tool for communicating research findings and engaging with diverse audiences. The annual Symposium will provide a platform for researchers to share their stories and discuss the impact of their work on society.

We were able to present our Lost Mother’s Project as a showcase and talk about the work we do collaboratively with Birth Companions and members of the lived experience team. We shared news of our recent writing retreat where we were treated to the first read through of the play ‘Scenes from Lost Mothers’ written by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and acted by members of the Clean Break theatre company https://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/ funded by IAA funding. Here Sam talks about the showcase:

I was lucky enough to be invited down to showcase the lost mothers project with Laura and Natalie.

I am always nervous when I do things I haven’t done before but it was amazing. Hearing and seeing people’s reactions to the project first hand, really reminded me how important this project is and that I am truly honoured to be a part of it.

We had some discussions around the lack of projects like this and awareness that there is for pregnant women and women who are separated from their children in the criminal justice system and how much work really does need to be done and how we want to be the ones to lead the way for it!

This project is so close to my heart, and I came away feeling very motivated, inspired and encouraged that we are going to do great things and also that the project is really informing people and doing what it is meant to do.

The support from people was amazing and I really believe we are going to make change and do wonderful things!