Sarah Paine and Tracey Cullen - College of Health and Social Care - University of Derby

Sarah and Tracey, Creative Expressive Therapies 2010

Sarah Paine and Tracey Cullen

Graduates Sarah Paine and Tracey Cullen have set up a community art project and are now fighting for funding.

Sarah and Tracey set up community arts organisation 'Inspirative Arts' to support adults with learning disabilities through creative and expressive therapy at 'Fun Friday' weekly workshop.

'Fun Friday' is held from 10am - 12noon and 1pm - 3pm at the Revive Healthy Living Centre, in Chaddesden, Derby. It uses art, drama, movement, and music to help clients express themselves and learn new social skills.

Sarah and Tracey graduated from the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies course in 2010. They are now seeking funding opportunities and are fundraising themselves to keep the popular 'Fun Friday' project going.

How did Inspirative Arts develop?

Inspirative Arts developed after Sarah worked with adults with severe learning disabilities during the last year of her university course, while on a placement with independent charity Derbyshire Advocacy Service. The charity also supported them at the beginning of their project.

They graduated with funding from the University's Enterprise Inc scheme, which helps students and graduates who have a good business idea to get started.

Initial funding for Inspirative Arts came from the Learning Disability Development Fund (LDDF), which aids local authorities in supporting people with learning disabilities.

But Inspirative Arts' funding for Fun Friday is set to run out at the end of October 2010. Sarah and Tracey need £3,000 in sponsorship for the weekly project to run all day Friday, each week, from October to December; or £1,500 to run for a full day on alternate Fridays.

They are also applying for Arts Council funding to ensure the long term future of the project after December (2010).

What our graduates say

Tracey Cullen
"It's giving them an alternative to learning, they learn through the acts, the whole meaning is to learn and explore about themselves, improving social skills and helping their well being by giving them the space to enjoy themselves".

Sarah Paine
"The Revive Centre is a community building so it is important to keep a community spirit going, and it is essential for people with learning disabilities not to be excluded from that."

What their supporters say

Chris Beech, Advocacy Support Worker for the Derbyshire Advocacy Service
"Inspirative Arts is very person-centred in its approach. The 'Fun Friday' sessions in particular offer much more choice and freedom for their clients with what to do during the day. It's a project that provides something different."

Brian, 51, of Borrowash, Derby, has learning disabilities and has been attending Fun Friday sessions since November 2009 and is now fundraising for them by growing his hair for a sponsored haircut.
"I want to raise money for 'Fun Fridays' because I don't want them to stop. It is so important to me because every time I go there is always something different happening. It offers me activities that I wouldn't normally get the chance to do.

It would take the fun out of my life if it stopped."

If you want to help them please get in touch

If you would like to help Inspirative Arts with its fundraising contact Sarah Paine or Tracey Cullen by telephone or email.

Email or phone Sarah at:
07810 034534

Email or phone Tracey:
07871 005490

Sarah Paine "It would take the fun out of my life if it stopped." Brian, 51, of Borrowash, Derby, has learning disabilities and has been attending 'Fun Friday' sessions since November 2009
Tracey Cullin Tracey Cullin working with the community, Inspirative Arts.