Dr Rachel King's Story Garden entertained, challenged and moved residents in Canley
Dr Rachel Turner-King and a team of volunteers organised a pop-up Story Garden in Canley Community Centre, with four themed areas of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter representing different aspects of learning. She said:-
“We were thrilled with the turn-out. My aim was to welcome the public into a transformed space that brought the outdoors indoors! I also wanted to create a space that felt inviting, enchanting and beautiful.
“In the Summer garden we invited visitors to co-create stories by finding curious treasures hidden amongst the tree-trunks and branches and using these objects as prompts for creative writing. One young boy found some old keys, some shells and a spoon. We co-created a story about a prisoner who was washed up on a shore and had found 5 magic shells that would help him unlock the secret library in the castle. It was really impressive how quickly he took to storytelling in this way.
“I feel like we can really take this idea of a transportable Pop Up Story Garden to other venues around the city and it’s something we want to develop in the near future.”
100% STUDENT SATISFACTION
In the NSS 2019 (just released on Wednesday 3rd July 2019) we achieved a rating of 100% student satisfaction overall for our BA Education Studies
Dr Michael Wyness is being funded by Lloyds Foundation to explore the educational needs of young refugees in Coventry
Michael's research is part of a broader focus on services and educational support available to young refugees. The project is entitled Positive Youth Foundation and the Educational and Service Needs of Young Refugees: An Applied Study The research is a pilot programme to monitor and support the educational transitions of refugee Young People. Working alongside a Coventry based youth organisation, Positive youth Foundation, the aims of the research are to develop an assessment tool for identifying the educational needs of teenage refugees; and to to track small groups of young refugees as they move into further education.