We have been working with South Wiltshire Mencap since 2014 to provide creative projects both here at Roche Court Sculpture Park and as part of evening sessions for members. Through the various projects there have been opportunities to introduce modern and contemporary artists to the group, share opinions and ideas, as well as the chance to make artworks of our own.
The Roche Court Educational Trust wins the Betty Williams Award 2016
We are thrilled that the Roche Court Educational Trust has been awarded the Betty Williams Award 2016 in recognition of our work with members of South Wilts Mencap. Each year, the award is presented by Mencap to an organisation that has ‘travelled that extra mile’ to help people with learning disabilities to enjoy life more or develop their abilities, demonstrating an outstanding commitment through the activities provided.
For further information please see our Press Release
Fun Days 2017
We were delighted to welcome back South Wilts Mencap in August 2017 for a two-day project to explore the sculptures at the New Art Centre. Both days provided opportunities to look at modern and contemporary artists as a group, share opinions and ideas, as well as the chance to make artworks of our own.
This year’s fun days were a huge success! The two-day event involved 13 young people with learning difficulties exploring the sculptures in the park in a fun and interactive way, culminating in wonderful performances and sculptures made by the group inspired by what they had seen.
Testimonials of our partnership work in 2017
I would like to add that, once again, the Roche Court days are brilliant!
Really fun, really well organised, totally inclusive and really creative! Parent of a member of South Wilts Mencap member
Every year I think it’s been the best yet but it just gets better. Roll on next year. Family Visitor / 4& More Co-ordinator/ Gateway Co-ordinator
Thank you for yet again a magical 2 days . You have the amazing ability to make all the sculptures come alive and your teaching skills are as always superb! Artist and creative facilitator
Fun Days 2016
In summer 2016 we welcomed a group of students to take part in a two-day project focusing on artists such as Richard Long, Peter Randall-Page and Antony Gormley, whose sculptures have the potential to inspire a range of creative responses.
We made large-scale collaborative artworks, a new performance and drawings of our own.
In spring 2016 we worked with artist, Rebecca Churchill to deliver art workshops across five weeks, focusing on the artists exhibited at the New Art Centre. The project explored the theme of journeys, making sculptures of our own.
To find out more see here.
Jeremy Bugden, Family Support South Wiltshire Mencap
‘THANK YOU Emma and Roche Court Education Trust for a simply marvellous two-day sculpture workshop for our younger members with a learning disability. How does one assess the enjoyment factor of working with people like our young members? Simply, it can be the smiles witnessed on their faces and what was said on the evaluation forms.
But put in words that summarise all the components of the two days:- 1. Programme content and appropriateness to suit all levels of need – 100%. 2. Full participation opportunity and the feeling that each Member’s thoughts and ideas counted – 100%. 3. The variety of linked sensory activities to ensure /help full participation – 100%. 4. A deeper understanding on how to get the best out of our young Members, as well as the need to use flexibility in a set programme – 100%.
Patricia (grand-mother) approached me afterwards to say this ” I cannot believe how Jade has grown in confidence in just two days, in doing this with Roche Court and (South Wilts) Mencap she has really blossomed! Thank you.”
Nigel Afford, Chair for South Wiltshire Mencap
‘The arts take us all into a different world and this is of particular value to those with a learning disability. We were delighted that three of those who attended did not usually come to our other activities. It was very generous of Roche Court to have provided five sessions entirely without charge. What really matters however is your commitment. Without your skills, imagination and dedication these events would not be the success they are.’