What’s Happening to Strawberry Words?

We know this is a question many of our colleagues and clients have been asking over the last ten months. This is a quick email to update you on our metamorphosis.

The spring and summer terms of 2017 were explosive with our Living Arts Network literacy project ending in a Poetry Slam at The Old Rep Theatre and the ECMAT (University of Wolverhampton) network of academies successful diversity programme.  4 practitioners, 835 pupils, 42 teachers/Head Teachers and an audience of well over 1000 had at blast! Both projects were supported by Arts Connect.

Whilst these programmes were running fantastically, Director Rebbecca Hemmings unfortunately had to make an early exit as she dealt with a cancer diagnosis over the summer. The rest of the team under the management of Margaret Snape, led the 16 schools to massively impactful project ends.

Having recovered from surgery, Rebbecca returned to lead the company in the autumn of 2017. Strawberry Words then went onto lead:

  • Eloquence communication training on the ASTONish Leadership programme for Birmingham Hippodrome and Lara Rataraja.
  • Deliver diversity CPD training for ECMAT schools and Arts Connect
  • Continue its involvement as part of the evaluation team for Big Brum’s 2-year TIE Evaluation Project.
  • A strategy day with The Core at Corby Theatre Board of Directors and Managers
  • A strategy programme with FleetMilne Estate Agency

After having much time to evaluate and assess the company’s progress since its inception in 2014, Rebbecca felt it was time for the company to grow and mature given its rich history of training, development and consultancy in arts, business and education. Therefore, from January 2018 Strawberry Words has graduated from an arts education company to a business and education consultancy that works with schools, the creative sector and businesses.

We know former clients may have questions about our future work, in anticipation of that, you can read our frequently asked questions here.

It is our pleasure to report that Rebbecca is now cancer-free and plans on staying that way.

If we can help you with your strategy needs, arts planning, facilitation, training and/or development needs, then do pick up the phone and let’s arrange a coffee.