Stourbridge's Glasshouse College looks to showcase talent

STOURBRIDGE’S Glasshouse College is looking for local talent to showcase the musical talents of people in the community with learning difficulties, in the spring.

Jordan Statham, a student of the Glasshouse College, is organising an evening to showcase the talents of people in the area who have some form of learning disability.

Mr Statham himself has autism and wants to awareness of the hidden talents of people who have similar conditions.

Glasshouse College is a specialist independent college that supports young adults with social, behavioural and learning difficulties.

It provides a craft-based learning environment, on the former Royal Doulton site. Students learn practical and creative skills in keeping with the heritage of the area.

Auditions will be held on Monday, March 4, from 6pm until 9pm and again on Saturday, March 9, from 11am until 3pm. They will be held in the Glasshouse Arts Centre, which is on the Glasshouse College site.

The show is due to take place on May11, with all proceeds to be donated to Autism West Midlands.

To audition, or recommend someone you know, telephone either Gail Hickman or Ami Blakemore on 01384 399459 or 07805 304286.

The Glasshouse College is a specialist FE College offering education and care in young people aged 16 to 25, who all have learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, many with severe autism and aspergers syndrome.

Students come from all over the UK and undertake a three-year course that specialises in the use of traditional crafts, within the curriculum including glassblowing and glass cutting, weaving, pottery, jewellery-making, stone carving, bronze casting, blacksmithing, drama, mask-making, catering and hospitality.

Through that, students have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, numeracy, literacy, ICT, team-building, work competence, employability and independent living.

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