Posts by johnc

Students fundraise for Rowan

Students fundraise for Rowan From the 14 – 18 September, Rowan students, staff and volunteers were taking daily walks along the towpath by the River Cam, close to Ferry Cutter bridge. Students were aiming to walk over 50 miles raising the profile of our charity and much needed funds. In fact, they walked over 80 miles! Students were given forms and money pots and were invited to ask their family, friends and supporters if they would sponsor them. In the past the funds raised have gone towards a minibus and printing press. This year they will go toward the renovation of
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Successful Open Studios Event

Successful Open Studios Event We had a fantastic Open Studios weekend in July with a beautiful model village made by our students, the reinstallation of our Chelsea Fringe ceramic flowers in our garden and record sales! Plus lots of lovely comments from visitors. Picture from Rowan’s Chelsea Fringe installation  
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Rowan Volunteer Wins Lil Speed Award!

William Oakman has won the Lil Speed Award. This annual Award is run by Chesterton Community Association and named after local community champion and activist Lil Speed. It was presented to someone in Chesterton who has made a significant contribution to the community and deserves to be recognised for their voluntary service. William received the award at Chesterton Festival and Mayor Rob Dryden presented the award to him. Rowan nominated William for his fundraising and volunteering achievements. William has raised over £1000 for Rowan in 2 years by running a raffle and tombola at Chesterton Festival. He’s previously raised money for PHAB
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Learning Disability Week 2015

Learning Disability Week is taking place from 15 – 21 June aiming to tackle learning-disability myths and misconceptions. Led by national charity Mencap, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of what a learning-disability is and isn’t. There are 1.4 million people with a learning-disability in the UK. Over 1 million adults aged 20 or over and 410,000 children aged up to 19 years have a learning-disability. (Papworth Trust, 2014) People with a learning-disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people. Only 1 in 3
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Rowan’s latest newsletter out now!

Our June newsletter is now available, click here to read it! This edition includes information on our latest commissions for Milton Country Park, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Wandlebury Country Park and Cambridge University Botanic Gardens as well as images from Rowan’s Chelsea Fringe installation From the Ground Up. We’ll have more updates on these projects here so check back soon!
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A Day at Rowan

Hello, and welcome to our blog pages. It’s a place which will continue to develop, where our staff, students and volunteers can contribute. Rowan is an arts centre for learning-disabled people. It is a charity, social enterprise and has been running for 30 years. We have 5 studios including print, ceramics, textiles, mixed-media and wood. Students work on their own projects and work together on commissions, large-scale artworks and items which we sell at various events during the year. The centre is a hive of activity, and every day is different, with such a variety of artforms being utilised in each
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