Move over Alan Sugar …

…. because our project buddies know how to design and sell a product!

Our work at St. Mary’s has been rewarding in so many ways. Not only do I feel like we’ve formed some bonds with the residents there by sharing stories and creating new memories, but in addition a number of new opportunities and friendships are starting to develop which will hopefully continue for a good while ahead.

Session three with St. Mary’s and local primary school John Wycliffe involved writing an advert for your newly developed product and then being filmed.

Project buddies were very clear about what their new product would be called, how much it would cost and exactly why you should buy it and as always worked together as a team to produce a cracking advert!

As the sun was out and a photographer came along to record the project for St. Mary’s, we all ended up outside having a cup of tea and watching the children do handstands on the grass for their final 10 minutes.

Below are a few photos from the end of the session.

If you are interested in discussing a project in your area, please get in touch with Katherine on 07908 750187 or at

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About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (
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