Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement Projects focus on communities and people who face challenges, for various reasons. They are completely bespoke and very targeted, developed from years of research and practice.

You can read more about the various elements of this programme below.

People enjoying our recent Creative Wellness event, one our community engagement projects
Our community engagement teams in action

Community Co-Design

Art sessions are just one of the creative ways we’re engaging the community In 2022 we started working with people and groups from our community in a new way. With the generous support of our funders we had an opportunity to take more time to listen closely and find out what people really needed from us, and then help them to deliver it. Through this work we want to reach a more diverse range of people in our community, and use our skills to make positive change.  Historically The Garage’s work has focused on children and young people. This work is about extending our remit,

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Foundations Courses

Our Foundations courses use drama, creative movement or music to boost personal and practical skills Foundations are free 10-week courses in drama, creative movement or music. It’s for young people referred to us because they are facing challenges. It runs in two age groups; 7-11 years and 12-18 years. Sessions are one hour a week. They use games and activities in a fun, friendly environment, building to a place where the young people can gently explore creating some material. The focus of the sessions is to help build confidence, increase self-esteem and raise aspirations. Foundations aim to give young people the personal and practical skills to then

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One of our tutors teaching a participant to play the guitar
Our Foundations team work with young people from the community
Community producer Sarah with participants at our recent Creative Wellness event. Part of our outreach work
Our outreach team collaborate with the community to deliver bespoke projects

Outreach Work

Our outreach activities are normally based around dance, drama and music The Garage is an experienced arts provider. We work regularly in the community on bespoke projects in partnership with other organisations, charities or services. Partners can ‘buy in’ one of our existing programmes, or together we can design something new. Our outreach work is designed to broaden the range of people we work with. It’s often targeted towards those who, for whatever reason, find it more difficult to engage. Activities are designed to enthuse and excite by giving people a taste for participating in creative activity whilst developing transferable skills. Activities are normally based around

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