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University of Wolverhampton graduates give back to the community in Telford

University of Wolverhampton graduates give back to the community in Telford

A Feature on 3 brilliant Alumni working in Telford.

As part of University Centre Telford’s response to COVID-19, we have been featuring three of our amazing University of Wolverhampton graduates who work in Telford on our Centre Facebook page and Twitter feed.

They have been doing great work for their communities throughout the crisis in raising people’s spirits and helping with wellbeing. The alumni include Sarah Griffiths, Children’s Author, Ben Millington, Head of Music at Telford Priory School and Corinne Evans of CE-Artworks. They represent the fields of Literature, Music and Art, all of which have become extremely important for supporting people’s wellbeing during lockdown. We are immensely proud of them and the work that they are doing during these challenging times.

Sarah Griffiths launched her latest children's book 'Finding Stones for Grandma' on the 7 May 2020 and did a live reading on her Facebook page. The book has already received brilliant reviews and has reached number 7 in the Amazon charts. Sarah says that ‘The practices taught within the story and through the guided visualisation, help to reduce worry and anxiety and give children a positive approach to life’. The book’s messages resonate now more than ever, as children need to build increased resilience, self-esteem, and confidence to deal with the current crisis. Sarah is also writing and filming meditations for children which she will share with schools when they return. She also writes poetry which she shares on her social media pages.

Ben Millington, the 2nd University of Wolverhampton graduate in our feature has so far brought together 31 different performers from Telford Priory School and beyond to perform and record 29 lockdown music videos over the last few weeks. He has harnessed the power of music to overcome the sense of isolation caused by the coronavirus and instead created a sense of belonging and community. The videos have brought joy to many people in Telford and beyond with pieces such as “Stay and Rock at Home” promoting the Government’s advice, with BBC Blue Peter star “Scott Adams” and a VE Day special marking the 75th Anniversary, to name just a few.

Corinne Evans from CE-Artworks is the 3rd graduate in our feature. She has contributed to the Telford & Wrekin Libraries Southwater Comic Con event for the last two years and delivered very successful workshops on Manga Character Design as an Illustration graduate from the University’s School of Art. She has her own website and takes commissions. She has also created a colouring sheet for all Disney Princess fans out there to colour at home during lockdown. We are now starting to feature the work of some of our current students who are keyworkers during the crisis. These include the BA SEND Inclusion and Childhood and Family students who study part-time at University Centre Telford.

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