August saw the beginning of the Imagine Me Royal Rehab Rural NSW workshop series — first stop Goulburn.
My first workshop was with Goulburn resident Jim Nichols. He was a pleasure to work with and had a lot of positive things to say about his life.
"Living in Goulburn is good. I know almost everyone. Have plenty of friends. One of the real pleasures of my life is to assist at the 2 local primary schools here in Goulburn. I help young children who have problems with reading and comprehension. To get a child to love reading, they have to read what interests them. I read them harry potter and flat foot rock! I was always a keen reader, when I was young I read comics – my hero was the Phantom!"
To reflect his love of books, we worked with this theme in his self-portrait.
While in Goulburn I was lucky to be able to catch up with an old friend from art school at her property near Collector, NSW.
The next stop on the tour was a workshop at the Crescent School, a school that caters to young people with special needs such as intellectual disabilities and autism.
This workshop was quite different from my usual workshops teaching people with spinal cord injuries, and at first I was a bit anxious about how it would all work out. Luckily, the students and teachers were all so lovely and welcoming that my worries were quickly erased. It was actually really interesting for me to see how the Imagine Me program can work in different settings like this.
The students ended up with some great self-portraits and it was heart-warming to see that they were so proud of their finished work.
Before leaving Goulburn, I stopped in at another great accessible restaurant called 98 chairs.
The restaurant served a totally fabulous gnocchi with smoked vegetables and cream sauce, which I really recommend to anyone who might be in the Goulburn area!