A budding group of resident artists are delighted to see their work being exhibited across a local housing provider’s supported living schemes and offices — less than a year after they first met.
The Wellingborough Homes’ tenants came together last July with the help of community involvement officer, Di Bradbury and scheme resident, Clifford Knight, who is a recognised artist.
Di said: “Some members of the art group hadn’t touched a paint brush or pencil for many years so it’s quite remarkable to see what they’ve achieved.
“Our oldest member, Laura Osborne, will be 95 this year and gets so engrossed that she hardly watches her TV in the evening anymore, preferring to work on a painting instead.”
The group, which is funded by Wellingborough Homes, is a mix of ages and abilities offering a number of benefits to those involved including improved confidence, friendship and the ability to learn a new skill.
Di added: “This activity is also a great way to improve people’s health and wellbeing. In particular it has shown to help those recovering from an illness or operation.”
Member Christine Gibbons said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.”
The group runs every Thursday, 2–4pm, at Hollowell Court Supported Living scheme, off Wood Street in Wellingborough. Phone 01933 234450 for information.