Artytime has been awarded £9,990 by the National Lottery Fund to deliver two 6-month pilot projects once lockdown is over.
The first is a weekly arts & craft and sensory skills session for adults with learning difficulties.
The second project is a youth club in the Jarvis Brook area of Crowborough for people aged 11 to 17.
Artytime is a Crowborough-based Community Interest Company, run mainly by volunteers. They deliver a variety of arts and crafts workshops for all ages and abilities across Wealden.
Beverly Pashley said:
We intend the youth club to be youth-led to ensure they have ownership and a voice. The intention is to also offer broad experiential opportunities as well as a safe space for the young people to meet.
We will also link with other support services and open the young peoples eyes to potential career opportunities too.
Crowborough Town Council have also committed £3,000 to the youth club project.
Wealden MP Nus Ghani said:
Jarvis Brook is a tremendous community and Artytime will be a super addition to the area, bringing arts and crafts to younger people. I am pleased that National Lottery funding has been granted to a local organisation and I will continue to campaign for greater lottery funding for communities and charities in Wealden.
The art and craft sessions will allow adults with learning difficulties to mix with other members of the community – making, baking and taking things home they have made.
Anyone who would be interested in helping one morning a week with this project would be most welcome.
Although both activities are much needed in the area we need to ensure both are sustainable after the grant funding runs out.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with our projects and fundraising to help build better communities.
Unfortunately until the lockdown is over both projects are on hold.
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