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By Heart of England Mencap, Dec 21 2017 09:31AM


Heart of England Mencap customers to stage photo exhibition

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC skills and visions of local people with learning disabilities will be brought to life at an inspiring exhibition in Great Malvern Priory, at the heart of the town.


Through The Lens is the culmination of a photography course run by Heart of England Mencap at its day activity group, Pathway.


It is taking place from January 9th until 30th January 2018 at Great Malvern Priory, Church Street, Malvern, WR14 2AY.


Armed with iPads, customers from Pathway – a day activity service run by Heart of England Mencap at the 2nd Malvern Scout HQ in Malvern - immersed themselves in the photographic process from top to bottom.

They chose locations and subject matters, snapped the perfect picture on their tablets and then uploaded, edited and printed their creations ready for the upcoming exhibition.


Val Rainbow, Heart of England Mencap’s Arts Co-ordinator, said: “I created the course using different themes to help develop a variety of skills and to make the learning process enjoyable and interesting.

“Over the weeks we visited several local locations and covered themes such as leaves and trees, buildings and architecture, textures, close-ups, still life and portraits to name just a few.


“Everyone on the course produce great work and each week brought new, amazing pictures.


“It was a joy to watch everyone discover newfound skills and talents and a delight to see them create something they could be proud of.”


Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all and there are plenty of coffee shops nearby.

It is open daily from 10.30am - 5pm


Pathway is a day service run by Heart of England Mencap in Malvern. Five days a week, it provides meaningful leisure and learning opportunities for local people with learning disabilities.


Photos:

Snapping a shot - Heart of England Mencap customer Susie Tudge, with her support worker Lavina Brojban.

Support worker Kitty Kavanagh helps Mencap customer Gayle Judson to capture the perfect picture.

One of the photos which will be exhibited, taken in the Priory.





By Heart of England Mencap, Jun 19 2017 03:33PM


FROM bush craft to photography, local people with learning disabilities are being invited to join a summer of fun in Malvern.


Heart of England Mencap, which runs its day service ‘Pathway’ in the town, has three weeks of fully accessible community activities planned.


Open to anyone with a learning disability and not just existing Mencap customers, the cost is just £3 per session, or £5 for a full day, with carers going free.


It all starts on Tuesday June 27th with a ‘Welcome to Malvern Pathway’ tea and chat. The session runs between 10am and 12pm at the 2nd Malvern Scout HQ in Spring Lane. Open to everyone, it’s a chance to meet the team, find out about all the activities on offer, and register to take part.


Those activities then get started, running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the first week (June 27th, 28th and 29th), the second week (July 4th, 5th and 6th) and the third and final week (July 12th, 13th, 14th).


People are welcome to join for as much or as little as they like, from one session to a full week or more, all they need to bring is a packed lunch.


Activities include: outdoor forest and bush craft sessions, photography workshops, an accessible book club, a healthy breakfast club, karaoke and making a promotional video.


And to round it all off on Saturday July 15th there will be a disco, complete with karaoke and a buffet, again at just £3 per person with carers going free.


“This is a great chance for local people with learning disabilities to really enjoy learning some new skills, from video or photo editing to cooking, performing, or getting out and trying their hand at bush craft,” Service Manager Ben Davies said.


“It’s a great way to form new friendships as well, and to see what Mencap Pathway has to offer all year round here in Malvern.”


Heart of England Mencap brought Mencap Pathway to Malvern at the end of last year, based at the improved and refurbished 2nd Malvern Scout HQ.


Pathway now runs five days a week, welcoming 14 customers already.


“Pathway is all about focusing on abilities and not disabilities, providing meaningful leisure and learning activities like cooking, crafting, woodwork, music, drama, gardening, even tai chi,” Ben added.


“All of this builds confidence, skills and friendships and that’s hugely important to our charity. What’s just as important is enabling activities in the community for our customers too, and we are still looking for volunteers who can help support us in that; assisting on trips outs and helping to build our on-site Pathway activities too, all skills and ideas are welcome.”


For more information on Mencap Pathway and the summer activities, please call 01684 577699, 07929 030483, or go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


Anyone unable to attend the welcome tea and chat on June 27th is still able to register for the activity programme by contacting Ben Davies using the details above.


Photo: Toasting marshmallows - Heart of England Mencap’s customers and staff enjoy a bush craft session.


By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 29 2017 09:07AM


FROM gardening to tai chi, local people with learning disabilities now have access to a huge range of meaningful leisure and learning opportunities in Malvern.


But volunteers are urgently needed to help enable even more – especially getting people out and about in the town.


The community day services are provided by Heart of England Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities across Worcestershire and Warwickshire.


The charity brought its day activity group, known as Mencap Pathway, to Malvern at the end of last year, based at the improved and refurbished 2nd Malvern Scout HQ.


Pathway now runs five days a week, welcoming 14 customers already to enjoy a huge range of activities.

But the charity is now on the look-out for local volunteers, so that even more can be offered.


“Pathway is all about focusing on abilities and not disabilities, providing meaningful activities like cooking, crafting, woodwork, music, drama, gardening, even tai chi,” Service Manager Ben Davies said.


“All of this builds confidence, skills and friendships and that’s hugely important to our charity. What’s just as important is enabling activities in the community for our customers too, and we are looking for volunteers who can help support us in that; assisting on trips outs and helping to build our on-site Pathway activities too, all skills and ideas are welcome.


“You don’t need any experience, come and learn with our customers and make a real difference to local lives. Pathway is full of smiles, and it’s hugely rewarding.”


For more information on Mencap Pathway and volunteering opportunities, please call 01684 577699 or go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


Photo: Gail and Sue cooking up a storm at Mencap Pathway Malvern


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