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NYCC Community Learning

Our Community Learning project that was funded by NYCC has enabled us to deliver a 12-hour creative learning programme across North Yorkshire called “A Taste of Arts”. We have provided learners access to professional artist engagement in enjoyable, relaxing and therapeutic environments, which have inspired the participants to explore new creative mediums. The project has helped more than 80 learners across the country, including older people and those suffering with dementia, those using mental health services, people who are recently bereaved and vulnerable and those who find themselves rurally isolated. These workshops have successfully addressed core vulnerabilities such as anxiety and low confidence.

150 creative workshops exploring ceramics, textiles, printmaking, felting, paper cutting, mosaics, sculpture and the photographic process have produced more than 1500 quality handmade products including lampshades, fabric prints, ceramic T light holders, trinket boxes, ceramic dishes, felted animals, willow hearts and fish, printed pictures and cards, mosaic tiles and embroidered cushions. There was a positive engagement in all of the 16 groups in areas ranging from Aiskably, Middleton and urban parts of Harrogate.