Following on from that we are celebrating the people who took part with the photos they kindly submitted and an update on how are they are, including some new photos of their artwork. All photos are of people we support here at The Disabilities Trust, along with artwork they have created.
Mathew (below) is from Ty Aberdafen, our brain injury rehabilitation service in Wales, and really enjoys woodwork at Parc-y-Bocs in Kidewelly, not only making things for himself and bringing back to the service, but also for his family as gifts. It helps him to learn, concentrate and coordinate and the best part for Mathew is he's able to socialise and have a chat. He enjoys seeing the projects progress week by week and has a massive sense of achievement.
Through the winter months he's working inside on projects like the bench or making bird boxes for the farm; then during the spring and summer Mathew helps out down the gardens and grows vegetables which he brings back to the service.
Rebecca (below left), from our brain injury rehabilitation service West Heath House in Birmingham, is a keen artist and says that she: "enjoys using a variety of techniques. It has given me more confidence and I find I can express myself when creating different pieces."
John (bottom middle), from Graham Anderson House, has always been interested in art and attended Glasgow school of Art for six months during the early '70s. He's been very creative within the service, whilst working with the vocational team, and continues to be inspired with the views and compliments from staff, fellow service users and visitors. John has also inspired a great deal of motivation from his peers within the service. His painting of the Taj Mahal was done free-hand entirely from memory!
Raymond (bottom right) is also a service user at West Heath House, and enjoys using a number of mediums to express himself. He loves art and says:"I find it hard, but I love it. It helps me to relax, and I feel like I have really improved. I want to continue doing art as much as I can.”