arts courses for adults with learning disabilities

It’s been a busy and varied month at Suffolk Artlink, including lots of delivery, and just as much reflection.

Our Clowns are back on their rounds at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, we’ve started remote delivery of our new intergenerational project, Special Delivery, and we’re offering a new programme of free arts activities for older people as part of our Make, Do & Friends project.

We are looking forward to co-hosting the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Eastern Region Winter Gathering next month. We’ve also been reviewing our organisational policies around equality, prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and have published our most recent annual review, documenting all that we achieved in 2019/20.

We invite you to read on to find out more, and hope to see some of you at the Winter Gathering.

With our best wishes,
Alex & Hayley

Culture, Creativity and Health: Winter Gatherings

We’re looking forward to a week-long selection of virtual regional events and webinars, taking place from the 16 – 20 November 2020, hosted by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Arts & Health South West. We’re looking forward to co-hosting the Eastern Region Winter Gathering and look forward to seeing some of you there! Read more about the winter gatherings.

Continuing to bring creativity to rural Suffolk’s older residents

This month, we launched a free arts programme aimed at addressing rural isolation in Suffolk’s older residents.

‘What is your village made of?’ invites adults (55+) to take part in free activities that encourage creativity and connection with others, using their home villages and towns as inspiration. Read more about What is your village made of?

Clowns return

Our Clowns return to their rounds

We were so pleased to see our Clowns return to their rounds on the children’s ward at Norfolk & Norwich Hospital this autumn. Drs Dizzy Daydream, Christobel Misschief, Kerfuffle Buffle and Kimble Curly have been paying regular visits since September. Whilst following safety precautions required by the hospital, they are finding new ways of getting up to their usual mischief! Read more the new visits.

Annual Review

Annual Review

We are delighted to share Suffolk Artlink’s review of our activities in 2019/2020.

Over the year, we worked with 2,917 people including family carers, people with learning disabilities, older people and young people in youth clubs, schools, hospitals and hospices. Read more about what we achieved in 2019/2020.

Equality Statement

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the reaction around the world to the shocking police killing of George Floyd, we have considered the actions we will take to address inequalities in our work.  Movements like Black Lives Matter, #Me Too and Pride remind us of how important it is to be actively inclusive and anti-prejudiced. Read more about our new Equality Statement.

We were delighted to receive £2,930 from Ferini Art Gallery in September following their annual Pakefield Postcard Auction. Our thanks to Michaela Hobbs for her determination to continue ahead with a virtual event this year, Durrants Auctions for their support and everyone who took part!

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