Arts For All
Vulnerable and isolated adults with disabilities benefit from countryside holiday thanks to Foundation’s donation.
Based in Shoreditch, East London, Arts for All runs arts and crafts classes for disadvantaged members of the local community. Classes include drawing, textiles, jewelry and silver-smithing, and aim to build confidence through creative achievement.
They used the £5,000 donation from the Axis Foundation to fund a holiday to Devon for vulnerable and isolated adults with learning disabilities. Teachers delivered arts and crafts sessions to the group and encouraged members to take part in sports activities, helping them to bring a new skill or hobby home with them once the holiday was over.
Caroline Barlow, manager and Founder of Arts For All, said:
“This holiday to Devon is life changing for the vulnerable and isolated adults with learning disabilities we take. Many have never had a holiday – something most people take for granted, and as each day goes by you see their confidence soaring as they try new activities, build friendships and generally feel great about themselves! We are so grateful for this funding from The Axis Foundation who have made this holiday possible.”
Arts for All provides long-term support to residents living in the London boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Their aim is to create an environment where friendship and acceptance replace isolation and low self-esteem.
The charity runs a painting programme twice a year, where children are invited to paint a canvas on a theme. The pieces feature in high profile exhibitions in the City – which are often a sell-out success.
Many people with learning difficulties have trouble communicating and meeting other people with similar abilities to them. Therefore, charities like Arts for All are vital in making our communities more inclusive.