We are always looking for new stories to share on the blog and we would love to hear from you!
The power of speaking out and sharing your story can be transformational for you, and for others around you. Your story might change hearts and minds. It might reduce isolation by showing someone that they are not alone in their experiences and feelings. Sharing your story and getting your voice heard can be a very empowering experience.
If you are interested in sharing your story here’s a quick guide to help you get started:
1. What we are looking for?
This blog provides a space for stories about migration so, we are looking for just that: stories. We don’t want opinion pieces, or political commentaries but rather stories about the experiences of real people. While these might relate to a political situation we want to understand what impact this situation has had on peoples lives, feelings and experiences!
As we are looking for personal stories the style of pieces is really up to you. We want to hear your voice coming through. What we don’t want is overly formal or academic pieces. Imagine that you are sharing your story with a groups of friends, use an informal, colloquial and welcoming style which gets your personality across! If you would like to include a photo of yourself or provide an image to go along with the story that’s great but it’s not necessary. You also don’t need to use your real name if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
3. Some things to think about before you share your story…
While we hope that you want to share your story there are some important considerations to take into account before you do:
The story is going to appear in a public space and could be read by anyone so, while we hope this never happens, you need to be prepared for potentially negative, as well as positive, reactions. People can comment on your blog but all comments will be moderated.
If you are a migrant with an uncertain immigration status, or with a claim still pending with the Home Office it is also important to think about what impact sharing your story might have on your case. If you have a solicitor it might be a good idea to check with them before you share your story to make sure they don’t think it could have any negative outcomes for your legal case.
4. Sharing your story
If you want to share your story then get in touch with us on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send through your story written in your personal style. We will then check that it fits in with the aims of the blog (if you’ve read all the guidelines above you should be OK), make some small edits if necessary (we will clarify any big edits with you ) and publish it on our site. Please allow us a couple of weeks to process any new pieces.
Get in contact and ask for one of our volunteer blog developers to come and meet with you and work with you on compiling and writing your story. These wonderful volunteers can help you to get your story onto paper and into the world!
Please note that by sharing your story you give Samphire permission to use elements of your piece. We may reproduce your blog, or quotes from your blog, in public relations (PR), electronic media and promotional materials. We may also link your blog with a ‘The Facts’ piece which puts the situations your describe into a broader context.