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Contact us for more information about Going For Independence:


32 Marshall Drive
Brotton
TS12 2RD

Going from strength to strength

GFI is currently seeking funding including cash donations to enable us to offer more varied activity sessions for people with visual impairments in the NE.  We are applying for a Big Lottery Grant and have also been commissioned to deliver a programme of Art and Craft workshops for a group of Volunteers and for a BME group, running from September 2017 through to February 2018.

A very big thank you to a friend in Saltburn by the Sea, who has donated some wonderful art materials to our cause - very much appreciated!

Donations of art magazines, equipment and materials would be very welcome - and would help us to reach more people. In particular we can very effectively recycle costume jewellery - using the beads to run jewellery workshops, and unused balls of wool, knitting needles and patterns for our knitting and crochet sessions.
Email us at info@goingforindependence.org or phone us on 01287 204204 if you have anything to offer - we can then arrange deliveries. Collections may be possible if we are in the area.

Resources Wish List:-

Painting - brushes, acrylics, watercolours, oils, canvasses, palettes, paper, easels...

Drawing - pencils, charcoals, pastels, paper, inks, drawing boards...

A lightbox would be useful.

Books on techniques, artists, genres, architecture etc

Art and Crafts magazines

Large Cutting mat

Metal rules

Textiles - rags, pure cotton, muslin, silk, velvet

Aprons, overalls

Costume jewellery - necklaces, bracelets in particular

Wool and knitting needles, pattern books
Rubber stamps 

 

Stop Press! June 7th 2017

GFI won a Catalyst Community Arts Award - for "an individual or organisation who has dedicated themselves over time to the arts in Stockton-On-Tees for the benefit of others." 

Follow the link to see the Catalyst page about the Awards.

We were also a finalist in the awards category of Innovation, Partnership and Enterprise!

 

 

A huge thank you to Christine Durnion, CE of Focus on Vision - www.focusonvision.org.uk - for giving us the opportunity to try out the art sessions and for nominating us for both of these awards.

We are planning an exhibition (in early 2018)of the great work being produced when we complete our workshop programme. Watch this space!

Menu of Art and Craft Workshops and Activities offered :-

  • Painting and drawing 
  • Clay workshops- ceramics and modelling
  • Collage
  • Glass painting  
  • Embroidery
  • Knitting and crochet
  • Fabric painting
  • Jewellery making 
  • Mosaics
  • Greetings cards
  • Sessions using Living Paintings Touch to See resources
  • Visits to museums and galleries

     

       

      To book or to get more information about the availability of workshops includig costs please contact info@goingforindependence.org

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    Inclusive Art – our aims and objectives


    The provision of community – based social
    activities incorporating art and craft sessions will not only help to reduce isolation and provide opportunities to make new friends, but will also develop the capacity and skills of adults and older people and members of socially disadvantaged adult groups including those with sensory and physical impairments, mental ill health and learning difficulties.

    To develop this service GFI has set up Inclusive Art – bringing in experienced artists and craftsmen to run specially designed sessions tailored to the needs of the group, aiming to ensure equality of access and social inclusion, leading to improved health and wellbeing.

    Through this work we will be able to advance the arts, culture and the education of the public in the subjects of inclusive and accessible visual and three-dimensional art.

    Many people enjoy creative art and craft activities but find that as they become less mobile, or develop long term conditions including sensory impairments, there are fewer opportunities accessible to them. GFI will provide activities using a wide range of materials, in local informal settings where they can be safely used with appropriate support.

    For some people the chance to express their thoughts and feelings using the creative arts will be of therapeutic value.

    People will also be able to make new friends, improve their confidence, share memories of their own art experiences, and wherever relevant, find new ways of doing things to help to stay independent.

      

     

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