Founding Chief Officer, Jenny Allcock receives a grant cheque from MD, HSF health plan, Paul Clare.
Visit to Creating Adventures
On 21st August 2019, Paul Clare and I visited Creating Adventures. We presented them with a cheque for £9,185 which will be used towards funding art sessions for adults with Autism, learning disabilities and complex needs.
About Creating Adventures
Creating Adventures enriches the lives of adults with autism and learning disabilities through unique activities and experiences, which are both stimulating and therapeutic to improve their physical and mental wellbeing therefore helping them to have an improved quality of life.It’s a small local charity operating in Warrington and Trafford.
Their structure comprises of Jenny Allcock as Founding Chief Officer (pictured) and two Trustees, one who is an accountant by profession and the other, who is a co-owner of Greater Manchester Business Connect magazine. They are currently recruiting a further two trustees covering the skills areas of business management and personal experience.
History of the Charity
Jenny Allcock formed the charity after working for 11 years at a children's charity called The Children's Adventure Farm Trust (A charity that HSF has previously supported). The charity was regularly turning away adults who need to access their activity space.
Following research and consultation with parents and community groups, who expressed the need for activities, support and therapeutic stimulation for adults, Jenny took it upon herself to do something about it. Since starting their first project funded by Lottery funding, Creating Adventures have gone from strength to strength supporting adults through music, art, sports and employment.
The Art Project
The grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund will be used to hold a weekly, three hour art session at a local community venue. The sessions will be run by Nazneen Sheikh, a qualified, experienced Art Practitioner. There will be 12 adults attending, plus carers who will also participate as they benefit from the sessions just as much as the people they support. Each adult will be catered for individually to ensure they benefit fully from the project.
It is the aim of the Art Project to benefit adults with autism and learning disabilities by reducing isolation, promoting engagement, acting as a source of therapy, encouraging them to feel a sense of achievement, explore new textures and work together towards an exhibition to display their work.
The Art Therapy practitioner will be using materials to create art forms from around the world and use the sessions to incorporate other sensory elements to ensure the adults feel the full therapeutic benefits. This will give them a full sensory experience and possibly even to discover new talents.
We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the Art Project and look forward to hearing how it develops.
To find out more about Creating Adventures, please visit their website: