Arts group celebrates £25,000 grant

Diane Chapman made a surprise visit to Purple Patch Arts to inform them they were �25,000 winners from the Aviva Community Fund.
Diane Chapman made a surprise visit to Purple Patch Arts to inform them they were �25,000 winners from the Aviva Community Fund.

A specialist arts education group has won £25,000 to develop their sessions helping children who often don’t speak or understand language.

Purple Patch Arts, who work across Calderdale, use drama, visual art, dance, literature and music to inspire creativity, and offer creative education opportunities for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia.

The funds will be used to develop the group’s stories without words project by funding a two month long programme involving more than 100 young people with complex disabilities from special needs schools in West Yorkshire.

Expert staff will deliver interactive story sessions using a creative approach involving music, performance, touch, taste and smell.

Bronia Angove, of Purple Patch Arts, said: “We are so excited to find out that we have won £25,000 from the Aviva Community Fund. This means a huge amount for the future of the project as now we will be able to take our stories without words project into the schools on our waiting list and benefit even more young people.”