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A new major arts project has launched in the region - delivering creative workshops to hundreds of vulnerable individuals.

Pilot project ‘Make! Do and Mend’ will host workshops in sewing, print making, collage and knitting for more than 600 people in sheltered and support service schemes before the end of November.

Make! Do and Mend

Make! Do and Mend

The project funded by Arts Council England, is being led by Sheffield-based theatre company Griffin Theatre Arts in collaboration with support service Places for People.

Places for People work with local authorities, providing care services for older people who need support, teenage parents, people with mental health problems, women escaping domestic violence, people with disabilities, refugees and homeless people.

Griffin Theatre Arts aims to help remove cultural and social barriers, within these marginalised groups, by bringing creative arts opportunities to Place for People’s schemes and services.

Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Arts, Sarah Clough, said: “We are thrilled to be working on this incredible project. I’m particularly excited that older generations from our local areas will be working with, influencing and inspiring our younger generations.

“We hope that through reflecting and reminiscing on their own experiences, people taking part in ‘Make! Do and Mend’ will produce creative responses, which in turn will inspire professional local artists to create pieces of work shaped by local people.”

‘Make! Do and Mend’ aims to build confidence, self esteem and improve skills through drama, music, and arts-based workshops. Local artist William Buckman and musician Will Mace will be working with Griffin Theatre Arts as part of the project, with everybody’s final elements brought together and celebrated in a large scale art mural that will be displayed in the region.

Kim Scott, Places for People Individual Support Director, said: “I am very excited about the project and what it means for the customers of Places for People. Together with Griffin Theatre Arts, we are offering a fun and active way for our customers, young and old, to connect with each other and learn new and exciting skills.

“Customer Involvement is an important part of Places for People’s work and this project has raised the bar in what can be achieved.”