‘Producing Art Socially To Enable Less Stress’ or ‘PASTELS’ is an art group which works within the Active Club at a local community centre. The group is supported by the Service User Development Team at East Lancs Community Restart, which is a social inclusion service within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. The group, which is open to anyone, has produced some artwork which has been chosen to be displayed in the reception area of The Mount, in Accrington. Along with volunteers from the community, they work together with service users and members of the public to create a variety of artwork that utilises all levels of skill, creating a sense of achievement for everyone participating.
Elaine Butt, Coordinator for the Service User Development Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust Said:
"It’s a great achievement for the group to have their artwork recognised and displayed in one of our sites where everyone can see it. The work we do in partnership with the volunteers and service users is so important for everyone involved, it creates a sense of community in a stress free environment whilst providing a social space for people to make friends and get creative!"
The group was originally started by the team at Lancashire Care, but has since expanded to become an independent constituted community group on its own. The group runs sessions each Friday from 10am – 12pm at Gannow Lane Community Centre in Burnley. To join the group or get involved with this project, contact the East Lancashire Community Restart Service User Development Team on 01282 657273 or PASTELS on 07870 829658.