New art therapy sessions for people with disabilities

People with learning and other disabilities in Leeds are exploring art therapy thanks to new funding

Local people in Holbeck are using funding from People’s Health Trust to explore art therapy and other activities together through local organisation People Matters.

People Matters has received funding of nearly £50,000 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthAmaze through The Health Lottery, and from January 2015 will be providing sessions three times a week for adults and young people with disabilities who may be particularly vulnerable and isolated across Leeds.

People Matters

Members of the group will work together to lead their own drop in sessions, exploring a range of activities and subjects chosen by them, which include: dance, sport, crafts, art therapy, current affairs, fundraising, drama, personal safety and awareness.

Chief Executive Tina Turnbull said:

“This investment will help us expand our work in the community with some of the most vulnerable people in Holbeck. Many people have never done art or performance so this project will give them a creative outlet that builds confidence and independence.”

There are still spaces available at the project. People can refer themselves or alternatively referrals can come from friends, family health and social care professionals.

For more information about the project contact Sally or Lucy on (0113) 234 6896 or email: