A project engineered to open pathways between different generations amongst contemporaries who feel socially excluded and introducing people to other agencies who may be able to address their particular concerns.
This project worked throughout Pembrokeshire at residential care homes, sheltered housing and other outreach locations from Crymych, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Saundersfoot, Neyland, and Fishguard. It enabled a series of workshops where people came together socially, many of whom have complex needs, including PTSD, addictions, and mental health issues. The therapeutic sessions had both creative and social aspects, and also introduced and referred beneficiaries to a wider network of support agencies. Following landscape walks, talks, and even sculptural workshops, it finished with exhibitions at all locations culminating with a final exhibition at The VC Gallery in Haverfordwest.
The VC Gallery continues its vital work with veterans, older people, children, and anyone who feels they need time out to socialise and express themselves through art. The workshops moved online in response to the Covid-19 crisis and are open to anyone in Pembrokeshire.
“Empowering people and enriching the community through social engagement, art, and creativity.” VC Gallery
The psychologist's report regarding the Inspiring Pathways project states that participant’s confidence built throughout the sessions they attended, not only in the artwork they produced but also in themselves, which highlights the positive impact of the workshops. Participants were able to explore different types of art and had the opportunity to express their feelings through their artwork, which is a recognised form of therapy, particularly if a person is dealing with mental health issues. This project sought to engage older adults who felt socially exclude and the workshops gave the participants an opportunity to socialise and develop new skills which improved the participants overall wellbeing.
Barry John MBE
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Arwain Sir Benfro and the LEADER Programme concluded in December 2021 once all projects were completed and funding exhausted. There is now no dedicated support upon the completion of the LEADER Programme in Pembrokeshire. Should you have any queries, PLANED as the previous administrators, may be able to assist, or similarly for wider questions on the LEADER Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales European Funding Office (WEFO).