Meet The Team

Sarah Hemmings

 

Managing Partner

Head of Teaching and Learning

 

Sarah Hemmings has worked in the adult education sector for over 12 years, as a teacher, assessor, and a department head. Sarah holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature as well as teaching, assessing and Safeguarding qualifications.

She has led on a number of different projects, including helping adults back into work, family learning initiatives and programmes designed to run in residential care homes and day centres for older learners living with Dementia and a range of physical disabilities. Sarah is particularly passionate about working with adults with learning difficulties and disabilities, adults living with mental health difficulties and those who have experienced domestic violence and difficult home lives. She firmly believes in the value of lifelong learning for everyone and has witnessed first-hand the difference learning can make to people’s lives and how important it is for the mind and body.

Sarah has taught many different subjects over her career, including English, Communication Skills, Employability, Literature and Poetry and a range of different art and creative subjects, and now specialises in teaching acrylic painting, pen and ink drawing, crochet, needle felting and macrame. Sarah believes it is the creative subjects which make the biggest impact on learners’ lives, improving not only mental and emotional wellbeing, but also physical health, such as fine motor skills and memory function.

Sarah has always had a love of all things creative and when she isn’t busy running Creative Communities and teaching, she runs a successful online shop, selling her own handmade crafts and running online classes from her little workshop in Compton, Berkshire.

Tanya Reid

 

Managing Partner

Head of Creativity and Wellbeing 

 

Tanya Reid is a skilled painter, potter and teacher.  Tanya studied Fine Art at university where she learnt a range of subjects including painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, textile design, sculpture and Art History.  Tanya has been teaching Art and Craft related courses for the past 20 years in schools, art centres and privately from her own studio.

Tanya moved to the area in 2012 and for the past 5 years she has been teaching a range of creative courses to adults at her local college and Arts Centre and in the community for day centres, care-homes and supported housing schemes across West Berkshire as well as family learning courses in local primary schools.

Tanya passionately believes that creativity is the key to an optimal life experience and how people living with a range of different issues including mental health, dementia, special educational needs, physical barriers, and socio-economic disadvantages can change their daily lives through some form of creative activity.

When Tanya isn’t busy teaching and running Creative Communities, she can be found in her studio creating beautiful large scale impressionist oil paintings. Tanya draws inspiration from the modernist movement, in particular Monet, The Post Impressionists and Matisse. Through her art, Tanya finds real joy in exaggerating the glorious colourful landscapes and rivers in leafy West Berkshire. For her, art is not only her profession and her passion, but it is also her therapy; and to be able to share that with the community gives her great pleasure.

 

Kim Harrison

 

Tutor

Flower Arranging

 

Kim joins our Creative Communities team as a talented and experienced flower arranging tutor. She holds a City and Guilds qualification in floristry and runs a successful floristry business, Lavenders, in Newbury, Berkshire, which she opened in 2014 when she moved to the area from the Caribbean.

Kim has been teaching flower arranging workshops since her business began, offering private workshops for leisure, as well as delivering sessions via the West Berkshire Heritage scheme at Shaw House and also through Newbury College. She has also worked closely with the West Berkshire Young Dementia service, offering classes and workshops as well as delivering sessions for local residential care homes.

Kim continues to design flowers for bespoke occasions and has had the honour of creating a bouquet for HRH the Duchess of Gloucester. She has also appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire discussing tips for creating seasonal arrangements.

Kim holds a Level 3 Certificate in Education and Training and regularly attends workshops in floristry to keep up to date with trends and her own professional development.

Janet McGinn

 

Tutor

Special Educational Needs

 

Janet joins our Creative Communities team as a specialist SEN teacher and volunteer. She has taught students with and without learning difficulties and disabilities for the last 24 years, including adult learners and younger, full-time students.

Janet has worked as a Job Coach teaching Life and Work Skills to students within the workplace, as well as designing and delivering provision for adults in literacy, numeracy, communication skills, creativity, cookery, ICT and culture and diversity. Janet has also worked on ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages), Mental Health and Family Learning programmes.

Janet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of teaching and working with adults with learning difficulties and disabilities and adults suffering with mental ill-health, both on accredited and non-accredited programmes.

Janet is always a firm favourite with learners, due to the passion and enthusiasm she puts in to every lesson.