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.
How we work with participants
We work with our participants on their progression through our programmes, and we embrace bumps in the road as they go through their journeys with us. We stay in touch with people who want to engage in the future, but can’t do so right away.
We don’t think art can change the world on its own, but it can change lives. We believe in a ripple effect; that if we can encourage one participant’s social and emotional development, this has a positive effect on their family, their peer group, their school class or workplace, and the community they live in.
How we work with partners
Our Inclusion and Engagement team offer a thoughtful approach to effective long-term change, unafraid to challenge or ask difficult questions. We understand our role within the bigger picture, working alongside existing services and trying to complement their work through what we do.
How we work together
We create space for staff, freelancers, participants and artists to tell us how they feel. Our staff are visible in the communities we are targeting, and we celebrate both our achievements and mistakes regularly.
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, targeting people and groups who have shared lived experience of challenges, which include
Foundations are free 10-week courses (one hour a week) in drama, creative movement or music, for young people who are referred to us because they are facing challenges. It runs in two age groups; 7-11 years and 12-18 years. The sessions use a variety of games and activities in a fun and 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. The courses aim to give young people both the personal and practical skills to then progress onto our Big Breaks scheme, which
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, and is 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 dance, drama and music. We contract professional artists and tutors,