Welcomes, Wild Geese, and World War One!

Welcomes, Wild Geese, and World War One! by Heather Molloy

“I cannot quite believe I have been in post now for 4 weeks. It has been an unusual start coming into a new role during lockdown, but I have been warmly welcomed by all of the team and it hasn’t prevented an exciting and productive start to the work in Dumfries and Galloway.

So, what is happening in Dumfries and Galloway?

PAMIS and I began to work together just over 12 months ago introducing multi-sensory storytelling to a group of young people with additional support needs in Dumfries. It was clear very early on that there was huge potential for the group and after just a few months they became The Arts End of Somewhere and have been creating and developing multi-sensory stories ever since. Now, with the funding we have been generously granted from The Holywood Trust, we are generating opportunities for people with PMLD and their families across the whole of the region.

The Arts End of Somewhere are currently working in creative partnership with The Devil’s Porridge Museum in Eastriggs developing stories about the huge munitions factory that was once on site in this area and in Gretna. Updates on the group’s progress can be found on their Facebook page @ArtsEndOfSomewhere.

I am also working in partnership with an organisation called The Stove Network, a Scottish charity working through social enterprise principles supporting community development, to develop an immersive and interactive multi-sensory performance for the first ever Wild Goose Festival in October of this year.

I am so excited about these projects and look forward to providing another update soon”.