Where There’s A Will
We see a world where everyone is included equally
To use the strength of our cricket bat art exhibitions to empower and unite communities to get to know, learn from and embrace all people who live with intellectual disabilities that helps reduce exclusion and isolation.
The proposition used by Where There’s A Will to combine art and cricket bats to bring communities and community organisations together is unique and focusses attention in a positive manner.
The key strategy is to establish the pathway that creates a relationship for the person living with an intellectual disability to their community using the combination of art and cricket bats. The involvement of community leaders to help curate community based exhibitions that include people living with living intellectual disabilities and offer a way to create awareness, understanding and response by communities is how we work .
In 2022, the involvement of major Australia wide community based organisations with an interest in supporting people living with intellectual disabilities and improving services for them will be our focus.
Funds raised from the exhibitions are driven back into the community to create community owned, community driven and community managed services, places and programs for “all abilities” in the community.
Ange Clarke Founder
Men’s Sheds Bat for Will
STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and Where There’s a Will (Willo) have come together to increase awareness and inclusion for people with disabilities across the Men’s Shed community.
There are a few ways you can be involved in the project, with the most simple being to transform a cricket bat into a piece of art to submit for the Men’s Sheds Bat for Will Exhibition (to be held in early 2023). You can read the Men’s Shed Bat for Will FAQs for more information.
Fill out the Expression of Interest Form so we can keep in touch with information about the project and exhibition: https://mensshed.org/news-events/mens-sheds-bat-for-will-expression-of-interest/
We have had the pleasure of meeting Will and the team.
Will’s passion and enthusiasm are infectious and what Where There’s a Will has accomplished is highly impressive. From a simple idea – teaching Will skills through refurbished cricket bats – to a growing community across Australia, Where There’s a Will is having a big impact.
They are creating awareness about the ability in disability and encouraging communities to come together to integrate and support those with a disability. It is an uplifting and inspiring journey and Linda and I are delighted to be part of it.
We look forward to supporting the team as joint Patrons and encourage all Australians to join us”.
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia is His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency, Mrs Hurley.
A Current Affair
“The Last Over” 5th December 2021
“People Inspiring People” October 2019
How to be a Willo Artist
Creating a piece of artwork on a cricket bat is open to anyone who would like to work with Willo. There are no rules or restrictions and the bat will be supplied by Willo ready to paint.
You don’t need to be an artist… you simply need to want to be involved and have an interest in making a difference.
You may know someone who would love to paint, either way let us know and we will send you a bat meticulously refurbished by our team throughout Australia.
Please contact us to register your interest.
How to be a Willo Community
Willo is empowering and uniting communities through art, ability and inclusion.
The Willo Community is currently a collection of over 800 artists, community groups and individuals supporting and responding to creting places of belonging and comnection. To become a Willo community you simply need to want to be a more inclusive place to live.
If you would like to be a Willo community please contact us.
How to send us your bats
We source the second hand bats from schools, cricket clubs, privately and through communities.
Any old bats will be welcomed and bats that have been left in sheds and unused or potentially to be thrown out will be recycled and given a beautiful new purpose and home.
If you would like to send us a bat directly please contact us.
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