An exciting new project is developing in Kirklees and will be formally launched in two separate events; one in North Kirklees on 23rd March 2012 at Dewsbury Town Hall between 1-3pm and the other on 26th March 2012 in Huddersfield Town Hall between 1-3pm.
This project, which is part of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Creative Minds Strategy, is designed for people over the age of 14 living with a physical/learning disability in Kirklees. The project aims to bring together the unique approaches used within the arts, sports, leisure and cultural sector to develop creative activities for people accessing healthcare services and to create fun and enjoyable activities for all participants.
MANASAMITRA the highly successful South Asian Arts organisation based in Dewsbury, have been formally chosen as a creative partner by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As a partner Manasamitra are part of a strong, growing infrastructure of community organisations who are working with the Trust to provide creative projects for people who use Trust services.
The project is open access which means that everyone over age of 14 with a physical/learning disability can come along and try out Bollywood dancing, Indian arts and crafts, and musical instruments including drumming.
As you are aware the Trust provides NHS services to the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield and is committed to the use of creative approaches to in health service. Current health and social care research shows that creative approaches can achieve high quality outcomes for people who use health services to increase self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose, develop social skills, help community integration and improve service users’ quality of life.
Additionally the Trust aims to support voluntary and community organisations, like Manasamitra, to deliver, in partnership with Trust staff, a variety of creative projects to the people who use Trust services and their carers.
If you would you like to be part of this stimulating new initiative and participate in visual arts, dance and music which will be delivered in North and South Kirklees throughout 2012 then come along to either of the launch events, where you will be made most welcome and where you can experience the rhythms, movements, colour and sounds of India – right here in Kirklees.
For more information on this exciting development contact Manasamitra on 01924 694192 or firstname.lastname@example.org