Artlink Hull have partnered up with Danny’s Dream a specialist day-care centre for adults with profound and multiple disabilities, Sight Support the region’s main provider of a wide range of practical and emotional support to people of all ages and varying degrees of sight loss. LAFFS at Bellfield House a care facility for children and young adults with disabilities and Victoria House part of the Disabilities Trust a residential facility for people with complex and high dependency needs.
The COVID 19 crisis has suspended vital services, and also meant that visits from family and friends for some service users are now impossible. All of our creative workshops have been halted which is having a negative effect on the wellbeing of the groups we have built up over the last year.
Our vision is to create packs of art materials, which have been designed after close consultation with the participants. Each participant will be sent an accessible pack suitable for their individual needs. Momentum for creating will continue in their own homes. Work created will be shared virtually amongst all of the groups.
Funding will be spent on specialist materials, accessible resources and safe distribution. Maintaining communication streams between partners, service users and artists, and making sure that we are prepared and ready to resume when safe to do so.
By building strong relationships with our partners over a sustained period of time we have built a community of groups connected by their creativity. This project funding will allow us to stay connected at a time where we have to remain apart, building our resilience.
The funding will allow us to diversify the way we deliver our activities from a distance whilst the lockdown is still in place, which is a new approach and challenge for us.