A group of residents in Pontefract and Knottingley have recently graduated from their arts and crafts course with support from WDH.
The individuals who live in Horsefair Flats and independent living schemes in Pontefract and Knottingley came together to study the recognised qualification at Queen’s Avenue Independent Living Scheme in Pontefract, meeting weekly to practice the skills they were learning.
WDH worked in partnership with Wakefield Adult Education and initially offered taster sessions for residents, which progressed to a 6 week course followed by a twelve week course.
This gave them a chance to get out of their usual surroundings, make new friends and share new ideas.
The group learned basic crafting techniques and painting with watercolours. As part of the programme, the residents visited The Hepworth Gallery to make sketches, explore art up close and inspire their own works of art.
They celebrated their success with a graduation ceremony, where they were presented with certificates of achievement by Jill Edwards, WDH’s Assistant Learning and Development Manager.
Jill said: “They should all be very proud of themselves, it is a great achievement and they have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones to try something new.”
The group enjoyed the course so much they are now progressing to a longer course to gain a qualification in Mixed Craft with Adult Education at Wakefield Council in September.
Claire Secker, Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “This is a great success story showing how different groups of tenants can come together to learn new skills later in life. We hope to roll this out to other schemes in future.”
Nicky Ross, Course Leader from Wakefield Adult Education, said: “The course has been a huge success, with the whole group interacting together and enjoying each other’s company whilst crafting. It has been great to link up with WDH and create such a success for these learners.”