We know that learning or practicing an art can benefit individuals, providing therapy, focus and fun. It’s also the perfect way to bring people together, fostering new-found friendships, and boosting confidence and self-esteem.
It’s a benefit that we’ve seen time and time again, and it’s why we’re firm believers of what is becoming known as social prescribing: signposting people that might be suffering from long term health conditions, social isolation and loneliness to organisations in the community that may help them develop new passions, networks and skills.
In 2019-2020, we have been funded by Action Together to take our artists in to Tameside community groups to provide Carnival-arts inspired workshops, working with people we may not have otherwise encountered before. Emmaus Mossley‘s companions have been tackling 3D structures and woodwork, while the participants of Khush Amdid and Infinity Initiatives‘ craft group have been designing, batiking and sewing flags for display.