I am really enjoying facilitating workshops for young people from Sutton Mencap at Sutton Archives for The Past on Glass project. The project is a Heritage Lottery Funded project about the Edwardian photographer David Knight’s-Wittome. In 1978, 11,000 glass plate negatives were found in the basement of a shop in Sutton. They were donated to the archives and this current project sees the the collection being digitised and preserved.
I have been employed to carry out three sessions for Sutton Mencap by using the project activity plan to develop and facilitate sessions that make the collection and work of the project accessible to a wider audience. So far we have had two sessions and have been looking at images from the collection, setting the context and creating our own images using modern technology. It has been great working with Abby Matthews and Kath Shawcross from Sutton Archives. I am looking forward to the final session on Thursday and hope to share more about the sessions after then.
The Past on Glass WordPress Blog
The Past on Glass Photos
I am supporting Emmie Ward to lead these sessions at Cecil Sharp House during the February Half Term. They are accessible folk music sessions for young people with learning disabilities (aged 12-19). Please spread the word if you anyone who might like to come along.
Get Your Folk on! Plus
I am currently working on a joint project with Keith Park and Emmie Ward. The project will be music and storytelling sessions for adults with learning disabilities and in particular is open for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. I am really excited to be working on this collaborative project. It brings together a range of my interests and is a giant leap into the area of work I want to be doing more as a freelancer.
Keith, Emmie and I have been meeting for a couple of months and the sessions will kick off in January. The dates are: 22nd, 29th January and 6th February 2016. We hope to expand on these dates and will look into funding. These initial dates will be a trial of a larger project. If you support or know of someone with a learning disability who would like to take part, then please get in touch.
Today I attended an Arts Award Adviser Training for the Explore and Discover levels. There was a specific emphasis on working with young people with learning disabilities. I found it very useful and have promptly applied for the bronze and silver award course as well! It is an investment for me as a freelancer and as an employee.
The main reason that I found the training exciting – was that I realised I could also apply to be an Arts Award Centre myself as well as registering places I work. A lot of the adults with learning disabilities I work with at the moment are over 25 – however, I still think that it will be a really useful framework. I believe that it will not only help support people to develop their creativity – in whatever way they do and want to express it – yet also put an emphasis on raising expectations (in a positive/non pressurised way), support the development of positive relationships and also help to improve the activity provision that is already in place.
Looking forward to the L’Arche concert in a couple of nights time. Over the past couple of years L’Arche has been creating winter and summer plays. This year adults with learning disabilities and support assistants will be performing a compilation of dances from the various plays. The plays (and dances) have been directed by Flo Anson. I have been helping with teaching some songs that will be performed in between the dances 🙂
I spent my August Bank Holiday weekend in Birmingham taking part in a weekend of learning about Sensory Stories with Jo Grace.
I am in the process of setting up my new website. Please watch this space!