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Arts Welcome at Wakefield Extra Care Scheme

Arts Welcome at Wakefield Extra Care Scheme

Tenants of Frickley Mews, one of Together Housing’s extra care housing schemes near Wakefield, have made it even more welcoming by creating a new sign with the help of a local art project.

DSC_0689Fifteen tenants took part in the ten session silk painting workshops with local artist Helen Thomas, run by Wakefield based charity Faceless Arts, who raised money from the Big Lottery Fund, Awards for All, to realise the project.  The paintings, which will hang in tenants’ own apartments, were later turned into cards, decorations, books for each resident and a “Welcome” sign for the front entrance.

Tony Wade, Creative Director at Faceless Arts, says the project allowed tenants to get to know each other and take part in activities they’d not tried for decades: “One tenant hadn’t done any painting since she left school nearly 70 years ago but, along with many others, she found the sessions gave her a chance to share stories, spark memories and get to know other tenants.”

Sue Lewis, Group Head of Supported Housing at Together Housing Group, said tenants value being able to live independently in their own home, with the extra benefits of things going on and chances to get together with neighbours and friends : “One of the great advantages of extra care housing schemes like Frickley Mews is that tenants still have their own home and their own front door alongside  the opportunities to socialise and keep enjoying life while having the peace of mind that care and support is close to hand when needed.  

DSC_0713“It’s great to see that tenants have produced some beautiful creative artwork which has also provided the opportunity to add a really personal touch to their scheme.”

Anyone wanting more information about Frickley Mews can contact Wakefield Council on 0345 850 3503.

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.