£10,000 Lottery Grant for Artytime


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.

Beverley added:

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.

If anyone is interested in being part of the Artytime projects please contact office@artytime.co.uk.

Unfortunately until the lockdown is over both projects are on hold.

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  1. Good news, but what a pity that charity has to fund what used to be funded by local authorities, with charities adding the icing on top. But that’s what ten years of austerity have done to local government, and it doesn’t look like much will change after Covid-19 has diminished. At least some children and vulnerable adults will gain from this. Makes me laugh to see our MP praising this venture when it was her government that indirectly killed off such institutions over the ten years. I suppose Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ was indeed a means of local good-hearted people and bodies doing the state’s work for it.

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