For more than twenty years I have been running photography workshops with a wide range of community groups, helping people create exciting exhibitions of their photography work. Please see below a wonderful example of what can be achieved.
The Kingsley Organisation Photography Group
In 2001 I was asked by The Kingsley Organisation, a charity based in Kingsley, Hampshire, to offer some photography workshops when they began a contract with the West Berkshire Council to run and manage a new day centre for people with learning or physical disabilities at Greenfield House in Calcot near Reading. I was invited to offer some photography workshops for the participants.
What began as a few taster sessions, incorporating pinhole photography and photograms, led to a successful ongoing workshop, when the group were awarded a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative and the Nationwide Building Society to work on a book of photographs about the village of Tilehurst. The completed book Tilehurst at the New Millennium was launched with much acclaim at Reading Museum in 2006 and was distributed amongst the residents of Tilehurst
Not ready to quit, the group began a new, more exciting project and were successful in being awarded a second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce a book about the village of Theale, a village having its roots in the Anglo-Saxon period and now nestling alongside the busy M4 motorway. This was an exciting exploration into the way villages and towns are affected by their transport links. A valuable contribution to the village's archives, the book, The Changing Ways of Theale: from Muddy Track to Motorway, was launched in the village in 2012.