StoryFutures and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which provides specialist nurses and support to seriously ill children, are excited to announce our new £40,000 StoryLab commission: ‘transition of care through immersive storytelling’.

StoryFutures and Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity have come together to offer a £40k StoryLab commission to creative companies in the StoryFutures’ region the opportunity to collaborate on an Augmented or Mixed Reality R&D prototype to explore how immersive storytelling can improve ‘transition of care’.

The initiative adopts a nurse-led approach to innovation in order to develop a prototype capable of supporting seriously ill young people across the UK when moving from child to adult services (referred to as ‘Transition of Care’ in the NHS). This challenge is rooted in the need to help young people (aged 13 to 16) and their families address the anxieties and concerns they face around transition of care so they fully engage with their illness and its likely impact on their lives as they move into the adult world.

Shortlisted companies will be invited to take part in an open innovation process called ‘StoryLab’ which, over 2 days, will provide companies with access to key Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity stakeholders, specialist nurses, young people with complex, lifelong illnesses and StoryFutures’ world-leading researchers in psychology, business modelling, storytelling and social history. Companies will be expected to actively develop against the brief and the StoryLab event will culminate in a pitching session delivered to a jury of the charity’s and StoryFutures’ stakeholders.

One successful company will then be selected to create an R&D prototype to be delivered by April 2021.

Key dates

Apply by | 29 November 2020 | Midnight

StoryLab dates | 15-16 December, with final pitches on 17 December 2020

Project deadline | April 2021, to be showcased at the Roald Dahl Nurses’ Conference on 21 May 2021.

Find out more and apply

Full details about this competition and online application form can be found on the StoryFutures website