Artworks unveiled

Opening of new mencap branch by mayor Jan French
Opening of new mencap branch by mayor Jan French

A new arts, crafts, drama and music based service for children and adults with learning disabilities has been officially opened in March by the town’s Mayor Jan French on Tuesday.

Cambridgeshire Mencap’s Artworks at 88 High Street, will be used two days a week initially but will hopefully be expanded to provide a full five day service.

The building is already being used weekly by Meadowgate School pupils and monthly by Cambridgeshire Mencap’s Adult Befriending Scheme for its y Activities Group and as a training venue for its volunteers. Promotional and fundraising events will also be held in the building.

The mammoth task of getting the service up and running has been helped by the generosity of other local and regional businesses. March based Community Re-paint provided the charity with paint free of charge whilst Biotechnology company Amgen sent a team to help to decorate the building and Open Chest donated £500, which was presented on Tuesday by the charity’s Kath Dudley and Michelle Elmore.

John Stevens of “Lighting Sensations” Cambridge, donated £900 worth of lighting for the sensory room and other businesses have helped to provide soft furnishings at reduced cost.

Cambridgeshire Mencap now has funding to install a sensory room and monetary donations and craft materials have also come in from the public. Cambridgeshire Mencap continues to receive local support with both local Zumba teacher Kathleen Turner and local photography studio, Charles David Photography, offering their services at the Adult Befriending Scheme Activities groups in 2013.

To find out more about Artworks contact Deb Matthysz on 01354-655487 or email deb@cambridgeshiremencap.co.uk