Studying Incapacity Week, organised by Mencap, takes place from June 14-20 and this 12 months’s theme is artwork and creativity.
Arts and Crafts Centre Enterprise Supervisor Janine Stone mentioned: “It has been a tough 12 months for each disabled individuals and charities so we’re happy to be celebrating this week with our Artwork Makers outdated and new, having been in a position to open to new Artwork Makers just lately.
“Mencap says that getting artistic has been a manner for individuals with studying disabilities and their households to remain related and optimistic by way of the challenges of the final 12 months and we couldn’t agree extra.
“For the reason that Arts and Crafts Centre opened greater than 20 years in the past, now we have seen the advantages it brings to our Artwork Makers, in addition to to the broader group.”
One of many Centre’s Artwork Makers, Rebecca Stephens, mentioned: “Artwork and creativity means every part to me.
“It makes me really feel completely happy as a result of I can specific myself by being artistic, and Henshaws offers me the area and amenities to create artworks to promote to our prospects within the store.”
Though having to shut through the Covid pandemic, the time allowed the workforce to take a look at new methods of working as soon as reopened.
Janine mentioned: “We had a large filter and checked out which of our workshops supplied essentially the most worth to our Artwork Makers and have returned to the artistic roots of the Arts and Crafts Centre.
“Now we have now been in a position to reopen our store and plans are underneath method to reopen each the café and the backyard as quickly as it’s secure to take action.
“I’m delighted now we have been in a position to welcome functions from outdated and new Artwork Makers and we’re additionally some new initiatives, resembling youth and after college golf equipment for a few of the disabled younger individuals within the space.”
Henshaws offers vocational coaching for individuals with disabilities and hosts actions throughout the group resembling craft festivals.
Each week, over 150 Artwork Makers participate in a spread of workshops, together with employability coaching, well being and wellbeing, arts and crafts and multi-sensory.