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
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.
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 Worcestershire County Council's video with Rachel Barret, a student from our Malvern Group.
2018 The Evesham Observer and Evesham Journal
2018 World Mental Health Day event
Poster kindly created by Rosemary Frith