On Friday 23rd March people in Kirklees with a physical and/or learning disability were invited to Dewsbury Town Hall to try their hand at and get involved with a range of creative activities, as part of the launch for an exciting new project.
The project, which has been organised and will be run by Manasamitra, a South Asian arts organisation in Dewsbury, has been designed for people over the age of 14, living with a physical and/ or learning disability in Kirklees, to give them the opportunity to take part in and try out new activities inspired by South Asian arts.
At the launch event, people had the opportunity to hear from Nigel McLoughlin, the Trust’s professional lead nurse for learning disabilities and Supriya Nagarajan, Manasamitra artistic director, about the benefits that getting involved with creative activities can bring and how the project will be developed in the future.
The second part of the event featured a number of workshops, showcasing Bollywood dancing, Indian arts and crafts and visual arts, which attendees were encouraged to get involved with and take part in.
The project is being delivered as part of the Trust’s Creative Minds strategy, which underlines the Trust’s commitment to promote more opportunities for individuals and groups to develop and grow creatively.
Supriya Nagarajan, Manasamitra’s artistic director said, "This project aims to bring together the unique approaches used within the arts, sports, leisure and cultural sector to develop fun creative activities for people using healthcare services. The project will see a number of similar events organised throughout 2012, to stimulate and inspire individuals and encourage them to get involved in activities."
Phil Walters, head of inclusion at the Trust said, "Current health and social care research shows that participating in creative approaches can increase people’s self esteem, provide them with a sense of purpose and improve their quality of life.
"As one of the Trust’s creative partners, Manasamitra are part of a strong and growing group of community organisations who are working with the Trust to provide creative projects for local people."
Find our more about the projects and how you can get involved by contacting Supriya Nagarajan on 01924 694192 or firstname.lastname@example.org