Art project to improve mental wellbeing gets Civic Pride grant

Release Date: 07 March 2018

A project to improve mental and emotional wellbeing through the arts will be able to deliver thirty workshops and an exhibition for vulnerable people thanks to funding from Richmond Council.

Art & Soul, an arts and wellbeing charity that uses creative activity to improve wellbeing in the community, will deliver the programme. They deliver weekly arts and wellbeing programmes for adults with mental wellbeing challenges at a number of venues including Orleans House Gallery. 

Thanks to a £4,990 grant from Richmond Council, Art & Soul will recruit 12 new adult participants, 10 children and young people and 5 families for the charity’s 2018 programme Kaleidoscope.

The Council’s Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations and £1,000 for individuals.

Cllr David Linnette, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Voluntary Services, said:

“Art & Soul do brilliant work to support the community through arts programmes and exhibitions. The Kaleidoscope exhibition, made possible by the Civic Pride Fund, will be open to the whole community and I am delighted that we have been able to support this programme.”

Liz Sokoski, Co-Chair of Art & Soul, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Civic Pride Fund.  Receiving this enables us to celebrate Art & Soul’s twentieth anniversary, special exhibition Kaleidoscope and our new charity status. Art & Soul provides a much needed service and this exhibition will give those exhibiting an enormous sense of pride, helping to shine a spotlight on the issue of mental health in the borough.” 

More information on the Civic Pride Fund can be found online.

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Reference: P136/18

Updated: 29 March 2018