What We Do
Arts Together groups are geographically spread across Wiltshire at 6 key centres based in:
Bradford on Avon, Devizes, Marlborough, Melksham, Pewsey and Trowbridge.
We currently provide 72 places for participants who come from the rural areas around these centres to take part in the weekly arts sessions.
Although Arts Together is an arts charity there is no requirement for participants to “be arty” or to have any previous arts experience. We employ specially trained professional artists and facilitators who are able to offer a broad range of creative activities that enables full participation by members.
It gives me an awful lot of pleasure. Now I have so many friends
Social isolation and loneliness are widespread in contemporary society and especially affect older people who are no longer able to fully participate in the life of their communities. Arts Together aims to counter this isolation by offering older people the opportunity to:
- try new and exciting creative activities
- rediscover forgotten interests and skills
- and in the process… make new friends and relationships
- enhance personal confidence and self-esteem
- feel healthier, happier and more independent
Most of our group members are introduced to Arts Together by a third party:
- relatives and friends
- local authority social workers
- mental health teams
- other local charities and agencies
- GP surgeries
At Arts Together we do all that we can to ensure that everyone is supported to achieve their own personal successes. Our approach helps people overcome any doubts they may have about a disability or personal difficulty getting in the way of their involvement and enjoyment. To enable this we have a team of experienced artists, committed volunteers and professional carers attending every session. The venues we use are warm, comfortable and easily accessible. We provide safe and personalised transport for all members that need it, plus refreshments on arrival and a cooked lunch after the art session.
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To ensure a high quality service we provide ongoing support for artists, volunteers and trustees in the form of regular workshops and training. This enables our team to help members discover their potential, regardless of sensory loss, physical disability or failing mental capacity.
All staff, volunteers and artists have enhanced DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service) and follow Wiltshire’s ‘Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults’ procedures as well as our Equalities and Health and Safety Policies and Procedures. Session volunteers are also certified in Food Handling.