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2019 Story stick Project

The Native North American people used the ‘talking stick’ to sort out any problems with each other or with different tribes. It was used as a mark of respect as whoever held the stick could not be interrupted. Aboriginal tribes used ‘message sticks’ before language, to convey information and transmit messages through marks and designs.

Garage Art Group, a Community based charity, are developing their own story sticks involving the wider community, eventually creating an art work that will be one installation symbolising unity and togetherness.

The project involves collecting found objects in nature and personal objects to create unique story sticks. We are involving our adult mental health, learning disability, general public, Malvern and childrens’ groups along with the community of Evesham. Through the social inclusion of everyone we aim to break down stigma.

We have already created story sticks in the community at places such as Badsey Flower Show, Evesham Carnival, local groups and our World Mental Health Celebration. We aim to continue our project by involving children in local schools.

We will finally hold an event, ‘Picnic in the Park’, to celebrate all the Community’s work. The story sticks will be combined and displayed in a spiral as one art installation outdoors, symbolically representing the Community as one!

2019 Evesham and Malvern 'See Me!' National Lottery Awards For All exhibitions

Malvern Gazette

28th May 2019

Cube plaque honour's Rachel's achievements

By Robert Hale

A COMMEMORATIVE plaque to celebrate the achievements of a young woman with a learning disability has been unveiled at the Cube in Malvern.

The plaque is in recognition of the hard work of Rachel Barrett, who has won a Respectability Award for her work with the Worcestershire Transforming Care Partnership and the self-advocacy group, Speakeasy NOW.

Helen Gill, The RespectAbility Project coordinator said: "Rachel helps to change services in a way that will make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism, who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health conditions.”

The plaque was unveiled on Friday by The High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Edward Holloway, and will be permanently on display at the Cube.

The unveiling took place during a reception at the Cube, attended by VIPs, colleagues and friends of Rachel's.

Karen Humphries, a trustee of Malvern Cube, said, “We will be delighted to host Rachel’s plaque at Malvern Cube. We are an accessible, inclusive and diverse community centre and are happy to celebrate and share Rachel’s achievements."

The RespectAbility Project celebrates the achievements of people with learning disabilities from Worcestershire in fields including local government, art, fund-raising, sport, leadership, independence and employment.

Respect Ability. A film about Rachel Barrett - a leader, self-advocate and advocate for all people with learning disabilities.

Rachel has been coming to Garage Art Group for around ten years and has achieved so much. Well Done Rachel.

Please click on the link below to view the film.

Film featuring Rachel

2019 Congratulations to our CEO, Pam, winner of the Inclusive Award, Judges Choice at the Pride of Malvern Hills Community Awards.

2019 Worcester News

2019 Stand at Life Beyond School event at the Vale of Evesham School

2019 Workshops and stand at 'Living Well' event, organised by Abbey Medical Practice, at Evesham Town Hall

2018 Evesham Journal

Garage Art Kids make lanterns for and take part in Evesham's Lantern Parade

2018 Workshops for Wychavon Enlighten project shown at Evesham Library Enlighten exhibition


2018 The Evesham Observer and Evesham Journal

2018 World Mental Health Day event

Poster kindly created by Rosemary Frith

2018 A big thank you to our work experience student, Jess, for creating our newsletter.

2018 Stand at the Evesham College Life After College event

2018 Art workshops at The Valley and The Almonry for the Wychavon District Council Enlighten project

2018 Permanent information stand at Evesham Volunteer Centre's Riverside Shopping Centre 'one stop volunteering shop'.

2018 Cllr Richard Jones and Penny Jones, Mayor and Mayoress of Evesham visit our Evesham studio

2018 Art activity and information stand at #Love Evesham, Town Plan celebration event

2018 Evesham Journal, Rotary Club's Tree of Life presentation evening

2018 Stand at The Vale of Evesham School

2018 Get Creative Festival

2017 Art sessions as part of Wychavon Wellbeing Week

Worcester GuildHall

2017 Art and craft sessions in collaboration with Sight Concern for adults with Sight Impairment.

2016 Vale Magazine article

2015 Nigel Huddleston MP visits our Evesham studio

2015 Sarah Dugan, NHS Chief Executive of Mental Health, visits our Evesham studio

Evesham Journal

2016 Congratulations to Carol Hallam, winner of NHS Christmas card competition

2016 Wychavon Ageing Well 55+ stand Evesham Town Hall

2015 Congratuations to our CEO, Pam White, for being nominated for the Wychavon Community Recognition's Enabling Healthy Lives Award.

Pam certificate.pdf

Evesham Journal