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The Art Ministry

Social Inclusion

Support art and craft sessions that help groups who are at risk of social isolation feel part of the wider community.

Total received £2,825.26

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About the Project

Our weekly arts and crafts session on a Tuesday morning caters for an average of 10 adults with learning and/or physical disabilities. It provides a safe caring environment in which they can make new friends and create items of work which help boost their self esteem and raise their self confidence. They are supported by a salaried group leader and at least 5 excellent volunteers from the local community. We participate in the Hadleigh Art Trail and hold an Annual Exhibition so that our members can interact with the wider community and show their work off to a wider audience. We aim that our members are embraced by the wider community as a result of our activities. Some of our members will even help us out at community events and become advocates of the Charity as will our volunteers.

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About the Charity

From our base in Hadleigh, Essex we provide weekly arts and crafts sessions for an average of 80 children and young people with a variety of needs, including dementia, learning difficulties and mental health problems. Our members come from Castle Point, Rochford, Basildon and Southend. We also provide arts and crafts activities at about 10 community events each year. Our activities allows people to socialise with others whilst boosting their self esteem and raising their self confidence by engaging in the creative process, which, in a fun environment, helps our members improve their health and well-being. We also do outreach with Papworth Trust, Carers Choices and The Peaceful Place. We couldn't deliver this level of service without our excellent volunteers.