20th Oct, 2017

Grand gesture for art group

Rob George 25th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN EVESHAM-based art group which provides support for adults with mental health and learning difficulties has received a cash boost of £1,000 from a regional builder.

Persimmon Homes South Midlands selected The Garage Art Group to receive the Community Champions funding as part of a year-long bid to support local charities and groups in the communities where they are currently working.

The Garage Art Group has an open door policy offering activities for more than 60 students with an emphasis on Art for Health to raise confidence and develop coping strategies and life skills.

Relying heavily on grants, the group plans to use the funding to continue to deliver the therapeutic art classes.

Its two part time professional tutors and five volunteers and helpers run two classes a week 46 weeks of the year.

Some of the artwork will go on display at Persimmon’s local development, Blossom Fields, off Cheltenham Road, just a couple of miles from The Garage Art Group in the coming weeks.

Jane Bunting, vice chair and part time fund-raiser at The Garage Art Group said:

“This funding means that our art tutors and volunteers can continue to contribute to the health and well-being of adults with a range of special needs and those facing mental ill health by providing art classes, confidential support and welcoming meeting place.

“We are extremely grateful for the support shown by Persimmon Homes South Midlands and look forward to exhibiting some examples of our artwork at their local development,” she added.

Visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity for more information about the scheme.

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