Innovate Art

Do you enjoy art? Would like to chat with other creative people? If so, then Innovate Art is perfect for you.

Innovate Art is a very informal group led by a team of five volunteers and spearheaded by Emma Gregson. Each session has a guided activity, which is decided by the people attending, but you are also free to follow your own creative paths. Some of us prefer to crochet, colour in, or write, but there is a freedom to choose whichever creative outlet suits you best.

There are a variety of different levels of experience within the group, so whether you are a novice, a dabbler, or have a vast knowledge of different art techniques you will be welcome and fit into our group. 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 which was designed for West End Impact. Chiaroscuro gives a broad foundational approach to art, so is perfect for both those people who are relative beginners, and those who want to further explore the artistic thought process.

Each week there is something different to do, and Emma encourages different members of the group who wish to, to discuss their past experiences and occasionally lead the lessons. There have been external speakers, all with something interesting to impart, from their past.

At special times of year the group has the option to produce items for sale, which helps fund other projects to help the community. These items are on display at The Restore, our charity art gallery.

We also provide help support and advice for those who want to take their work further and maybe look to take their work to market.
The Art group has been very popular and people have found it a great place to gain care and support.

It's great therapy and a great place to relax and meet new friends.

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact Emma:
Hope to see you soon.

In 2002 West End Impact started its journey of Reacting to Crisis and Rebuiding Lives!! We opened in response to the regeneration of Morecambe which was a government focus at the time.

Regeneration starts with people and although the new prom in Morecambe is amazing an the future plans of the 'Eden Project' will be amazing, there are still lots of people in need in this current economic climate.

In 2002 we saw the great need and although some of our services have change to adapt to different needs, still over 550 people were helped at West End Impact last year!

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.

The motivation of all that we do at IMPACT is our Faith, Hope and Love and we hope we can continue to inspire this in every single person we come into contact with. This could be someone in need or one of the many agencies, schools and organisations we network and rub shoulders with in the area of Morecambe & Lancaster

- in the last 12 months..

- over 550 individuals collectively received help over 5600 times

- over 90 people received intense support for their depression & anxiety

- over 530 food parcels gave people and families 5 days of food when they had absolutely nothing

- more than 60 times we helped people find a home or keep their tenancy

- 18 vulnerable adults went to crucial appointments because we went with them

- 35 people and families could switch their lights on and heat their home

- over 90 people received or kept the benefits they are entitled to because we supported them with advice, phone calls, computer access, letters, appointments and appeals

- 15 people have said that without West End Impact they wouldn't be alive anymore.

- over 40 volunteers contributed more than 3500 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.

- we also served over 3300 meals to vulnerable adults and families, and Christmas Dinner for 95 people