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The Empathy Project

The Empathy Project is our award-winning core programme. We are creating a thriving community of Story Exchange facilitators and participants across Ireland.

To date we have trained 248 teachers and 65 Youth workers, bringing the Story Exchange model to thousands of young people nationwide.

The training is delivered online and takes 8 hours. The newly trained facilitators also enter a mentorship programme with a mentor, who is an experienced Story Exchange Facilitator.

The Empathy Project @ Narrative 4 Ireland

Train as a Story Exchange Facilitator.

Meet Some Narrative 4 Facilitators & Mentors

Caoimhe Lillis

Caoimhe is a Programme Assistant and Facilitator Trainer here at Narrative 4. She initially trained as a facilitator in 2018 and has run story exchanges in her role as a Secondary School Science Teacher. Caoimhe believes in developing empathy, emotional intelligence and resilience in our students at a young age and has seen the story exchange programme achieve this in a practical and experiential way.

Dr. Sara Flynn

Dr. Sara Flynn CPsychol is a chartered psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the education sector. Living in Dublin, she holds a number of degrees in both science and psychology. In her present role she works with schools and families to support the wellbeing and education of school aged children.

Niall Barrett

Niall Barrett is the Development Officer at Gaisce- The President’s Award. He trained with Narrative 4 in 2019 and has worked on a number of projects with youth in Mountjoy Progression Unit.

Norma Lowney

Norma Lowney is a post-primary teacher, dramatherapist and theatre-maker based in Limerick. Norma is a PhD candidate at Mary Immaculate College, her interests include building a creative school community and creativity for wellbeing. Norma trained with Narrative 4 Ireland in 2018 and now works (when she finds the time) as a mentor, helping newly trained facilitators run their first Story Exchange.

Paula Coakley

Paula is a post-primary teacher of English, recently relocated from Limerick to Co. Kerry, She has been working on programmes in Narrative 4 for four years. Outside of school, she is a busy Mum and wife, who has an interest in broadcasting and singing. She says of Narrative 4, “it helps my students feel connected to each other and their wider community, and gives them a sense of shared experience and simply, being heard.”

Richard Hannafin

Richard Hannafin works in the field of Art Education for the last 10 years. I am primarily based in a probation project in Limerick city where I teach young people from 15 – 25 years of age. I also work with a homeless charity in a social care capacity. He has facilitated Story Exchanges with N4 since 2017. One project called Boy’s Stories brough boys and men from Limerick’s regeneration areas together to tell stories about masculinity. ‘People are my power.’

Sarah O Connor

Sarah is a secondary school teacher of Irish, History and English in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in Limerick city. She became involved in Narrative 4 in 2019 when she trained as a facilitator. She has since become a mentor; helping newly trained facilitators to deliver their first project.

Sheila Richardson

Sheila is an Artist, Visual Arts Lecturer and Art Psychotherapist based in Limerick. She is passionate about the power of the arts to facilitate individual and collective transformation.

She works with a diverse range of marginalised groups. She founded, with James Lawlor, the Girls Stories Project at N4 in 2017, a support group for young migrant women new to Limerick city.