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Our Community Programme allows us to employ poets to work with vulnerable groups in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
We work with the NHS, Women's Shelters, Probation Service, Youth Groups, Young Carers, Herefordshire Mind, residential care settings for the elderly, disabled and people with learning disabilities, and many other organisations to help vulnerable people express themselves through poetry. The School's programme enables us to put poets into schools to encourage the children to develop a love of poetry from an early age, and to make poetry fun and exciting so they continue that love of reading and writing throughout their lives.
We run ‘Festival in a Day' workshops to enable primary school children to write their own work and to perform in a showcase event at the end of the day. The July Festival puts on a number of free events and street events which allow families from all income brackets to get involved with events which otherwise would not be accessible to them. We also strive to keep our ticket process as low as possible to allow as many people as possible to be able to attend our diverse range of events. Our New Writers programme helps Emerging writers get established.