Art group supporting people with special needs

A recent 'Happy Hour' art therapy group session at The Life Centre in Market Weighton.
A recent 'Happy Hour' art therapy group session at The Life Centre in Market Weighton.

An art therapy group in Market Weighton has been helping people with special needs to hone their creative skills.

The ‘Happy Hour’ group, which has been running for two years at The Life Centre, on Market Weighton’s High Street, brings together adults with special needs from different care homes, private homes, towns and villages in East Yorkshire.

The group has held a range of activities since it was formed, including painting, drawing, printing, collage, quilling, card making, weaving and jewellery making. It focuses on developing the social interactions and healthy living skills of the group.

In the past two years, the group has supported more than 60 people from four homes and local families.

Pastor Dr Alex Appiah, chief executive of the centre, said: “Since we started working this group, the members have developed confidence, social skills and openness to interact with others in the group.

“A case in point of the tremendous difference that has been made is a 53-year-old man with autism, who could not interact at all with others but after attending our sessions for a year has now become relaxed around people and is now capable of staying and participating in activities for a much longer time. The art therapy group is making a difference to a valuable segment in our communities who are often completely forgotten by mainstream people.”

The Happy Hour group meets on Tuesdays from 10.30am-12.30pm. Those looking after adults with special needs are welcome to visit the group session at The Life Centre, above Asda. For more information call 01430 879927.