Innovate has been running for seven years and is a peer lead community art group.
We meet the 1st and third Wednesday of the month and our aims are primarily to have fun and to be creative.
The first Wednesday of the month we have a taught lesson sometimes by Emma Hamilton the group leader and sometimes by other members of the group or external speakers.
The topics are decided by the group and we talk about what we would like to learn, the skill level of the group is very much balanced. Some people have a broad experience in art and some are novices.
The lessons are designed so that everyone can engage in the lesson.
We have explored all the basics of art and design but often revisit things and we work on a purpose built design course called Chiaroscuro designed for West End Impact. Which gives a broad foundational approach to art.
As well as providing the foundational building blocks for art it also explores the artistic thought process.
We have very broad topics which can be interpreted in anyway the individual wishes.
One the 3rd Wednesday people either do extension projects or bring there own artwork.
We have found this informal friendly approach means the group is a very relaxing environment.
As well as practical activities we have discussions and provide peer lead support so that people can help and work aside each other.
Recently we have gained a new branch to our group in the form of a knitting and crochet support group, this has proved very popular and works alongside the existing group.
We also get involved in community projects and explore art in as wide a context as possible.
We also provide help support and advise for those who want to take there work further and maybe look to take there work to market.
The Art group has been very popular and people have found it a great place to gain care and support.
Its great therapy and a great place to relax and meet new friends.
If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me Emma : email@example.com.
Our Innovate page can also be found on Facebook.
Hope to see you soon
In 2002 West End Impact started its journey of Helping People, Bringing Hope and Changing Lives!! We opened in response to the regeneration of Morecambe which was a government focus at that time; Regeneration starts with people and although the new prom in Morecambe is amazing there are still lots of people in great need and lots to be done.
We opened our doors to everyone and our services have been tailored to the needs of the Community. There are now 12 different projects or sessions running from our multi purpose building!!
At West End Impact we support people through crisis, help them repair reasons for their crisis and assist them in moving on. We work with people who are homeless, jobless and hopeless – people who have lost their home, their job and/or hope.
As a Christian Charity we believe God’s love for people is all inclusive, relevant for the whole human being.
For some the Good News of Jesus is a challenging word in season or a great sermon; for others it is a hot bowl of soup, housing advice and a dry sleeping bag.
We are thankful that God has us spread his love in both ways.
Often people take 3 steps forwards, 5 backwards and 8 sideways but we pray they find new hope in themselves, through us and in God.
...over 400 individuals collectively received help 5573 times
...over 35 people received intense support for their depression & anxiety
...over 450 foodparcels gave people 3 days of food when they had absolutely nothing
...60 times we helped people find a home or keep their tenancy
...13 vulnerable adults went to crucial appointments because we went with them
...38 people and families could switch their lights on and heat their home
...nearly 50 people received or kept the benefits they are entitled to because we supported them with advice, phone calls, computer access, letters, appointments and appeals
...10 people have said that without West End Impact they wouldn't still be alive.
...over 40 volunteers contributed more than 2000 hours as part of our volunteer program with training, mentoring and support to help people build confidence, self-esteem, new skills and become more employable.
around 3800 meals to vulnerable adults and families
and Christmas Dinner for 85 people