Art is the inspiration for local residents

Fleetwood residents have been enjoying a free, weekly art session, discovering new creative talent and seeing the benefit to their wellbeing.

The ANON project is led by and for local people as part of Healthier Fleetwood following on from the original course funded by Red Rose Recovery.

Recently the group were proud to exhibit their latest work to friends and family at their base, the YMCA Lofthouse Building on London Street.

In the sessions the artists produce work to a theme they decide but learn techniques and tips from the Fleetwood-based art students and course leaders Heather Christian, Nick Steel and Sian Mitchell. The work produced can be paintings, sketches, collage, 3-D or a mix of them all and the artists often interpret classic pieces in new ways with amazing results.

During the 10 week course they’ve also made new friendships and been there for each other when one of the group is in need of support. Michaela Jones is an avid member and has noticed the positive effect on her wellbeing. She said, “The class has done me the world of good. I have experienced anxiety and some health issues but I get so much enjoyment from the art, I feel better and have a lot more self-confidence.” Michaela also now volunteers as a Friend of Fleetwood Library and is a member of the successful Harmony & Health singing group at Marine Hall.

Encouraging residents to try new activities and achieve more is a major aim of the Healthier Fleetwood initiative and taking part in ANON has also inspired several members of the course to consider applying at Blackpool & Fylde College for an Art degree.

The next ANON course starts at the Lofthouse Building, 10am on Thursday 23rd May and a few places remain. Contact Healthier Fleetwood on 07399 093835 or by email to listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk for information.

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