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Bramley group helps deliver arts to people with learning disabilities and older people

Arts delivery for adults with learning disabilities and older people – including a group in Bramley – is ‘re-emerging’ from the pandemic

Over the course of two years Artlink West Yorkshire’s ‘Re-emerging’ project will deliver arts projects with over 100 adults with learning disabilities and older people across five day centres and four residential care homes and complex needs day services.  

One of the groups is taking place at Bramley Fulfilling Lives Centre at Railsfield Rise, Bramley.

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Each site will take part twice over the two years. The programme, funded over two years by the National Lottery’s community fund, has seen artists specialising in movement, singing, sculpture, drama, textiles and animation working alongside participants to produce fashion shows, soundscapes, light projections, sculptures and seasonal mandalas. 

Once a month, ten Aspire CBS customers are also attending a peer representative workshop at Artlink and working towards public art animation pieces.

Sylvie Fourcin, Director of Artlink West Yorkshire, said:  “It has been inspiring and heart-warming to once again have the honour of seeing the people we work with take part in face to face creative activities.

“The need is even greater than it ever was, with services being squeezed and activities that enhance quality of life being reduced particularly in older people’s services. We are delighted to be working with so many groups once again.”

The ‘Re-emerging’ project follows on from Artlink’s extensive work with people with learning disabilities and older people, the most recent of which was Creative Toolkits, delivered during the pandemic and also funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Over 14 months and together with six artists they delivered 4,800 art packs, 72 zooms and 144 ‘How To’ films to over 200 people across the city.

‘Re-emerging’ uses the arts as a means to address the needs of adults with learning disabilities and older people as we emerge out of the pandemic and return to our normal yet changed routines following Covid19.  

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