Inclusive music band EngPol M4 have an exciting 2024 ahead

Our Inclusive Music EngPol M4 band members outside The Cat House

We believe in the physical, mental, emotional, and developmental benefits of engaging with the creative arts. So do many health agencies – from the Cultural Learning Alliance to the Arts Council, both cited below. Community-based approaches and social prescribing are part of NHS England’s long-term plan too. We also believe those who would benefit most, […]

Strictly stars’ surprise visit has participants dancing for joy

Strictly Come Dancing professionals and Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two presenters pictured with some of our inclusive participants

Our inclusive dance, music, and drama participants were dancing on cloud nine after a surprise visit from some of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.  Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenters Janette Manrara and Fleur East were joined by professional dancers Karen Hauer, Gorka Marquez, Neil Jones, Nancy Xu, Nadiya Bychkova, Jowita Przystal, and […]

Working for The Garage is my self care says support worker Michelle

Support worker Michelle Bartram working at a desk

“Joining The Garage helped save me,” says Michelle Bartram, one of our newest support workers. Now she’s on a mission to do the same for others. When the former nanny lost her leg in a freak accident resulting from undiagnosed joint hypermobility, she thought she’d never be able to work with children again. “I thought […]

Strictly Come Dancing star Layton Williams brings some FAB to The Garage

Fab

We knew Strictly Come Dancing 2023 star Layton Williams was going to slay it as one of our new patrons. The West End performer, who is partnered with Nikita Kuzmin in this year’s competition, said of his involvement with the Trust: “I’m honoured to be asked and will 100% bring some FAB to Norfolk. It’s a […]

Without Peter Wilson, we wouldn’t be here

Michael Launchbury and Adam Taylor at The Garage Trust's AGM where tributes were paid to Peter Wilson

Tributes were paid to theatre producer Peter Wilson MBE DL at The Garage Trust’s recent Annual General Meeting. As CEO of Norwich Theatre Royal, Mr Wilson (pictured below), who died last week, was one of the founding partners of the Trust and more recently served as one of its patrons.  Adam Taylor, the Trust’s CEO, […]

The Garage is a place where Daisy-May can do what “normal” children do

Daisy-May

Daisy-May Webster’s love for dance is every bit as infectious as mum Gail says. The 12-year-old has barely finished her street dance class but excitedly tells me how she can’t wait to get home and practice even more. It doesn’t matter it’s been a long day for the duo, who take four hours out of […]

International team-up champions inclusion in the arts

Arts

Your body or your circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier to expressing how you feel. That’s why we were proud to be part of the DAN.ce AcCEssibility INclusion (DAN.CE IN) project in 2019.  We’re taking it a step further, partnering with DAN.THE. It’s a network of arts organisations from Italy, Spain, France and the UK. Over the […]

Dan.ce.In Project

With several of our team currently partnering with international art makers on inclusion work, now seems a good time to look back at The Garage Trust‘s involvement with the DAN.ce AcCEssibility INclusion (DAN.CE IN) project in 2019. It was an Erasmus + Plus Programme which was part of the projects sponsored and funded by the European Agency for Education, Culture and Audiovisual […]

Be brave enough to explore your creative side says dancer Alex Sturman 

Creative

Dancer Alex Sturman says giving young people the chance to explore themselves in a creative way is so important – especially during the times we’re living in. He said: “I was genuinely thrilled that an organisation such as The Garage Trust would ask me to become one of their ambassadors. Growing up in Taverham and […]

Spring into 2022 – enjoy even more classes with us from this January

Classes

We’re excited to say next Monday sees the return of classes here at The Garage. Gabby Meadows, our Participation Programme manager and a tutor, can’t wait for them to start. She said: “We have some exciting things in the pipeline performance-wise. We’re delighted to be hosting the Norfolk County Youth Choir, which is completely free […]