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Creative workshops for people with learning disabilities
An author and playwright is setting up a new creative workshop in Salisbury especially for adults with learning disabilities or people with mental health issues.
Stephen McAuliffe, who has a masters degree in creative writing and 20 years’ experience working with similar client groups, currently runs similar workshops at the Elizabeth House Social Centre.
Called Scoop, the new initiative will offer a creative outlet encompassing areas such as writing, story-telling and acting.
Mr McAuliffe said: “I have found creativity is a great outlet and the workshops give people with a unique opportunity to express themselves. What's great is that we all benefit from the creative atmosphere.
“Through the weekly workshops we aim to produce some filmed pieces and publish projects online, maybe even work towards some theatrical performances.”
Mr McAuliffe’s previous work has included a play performed at the London Fringe called Giving up the Ghost and a book published by Random House, entitled The Letters of Harry Tartt.
The workshop begins on March 1 at the Friary Community Centre in Carmelite Way and will be every Friday from 10am to midday. The cost will be £10 per session per week.