‘Arts on Prescription’ courses available in Ribble Valley

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PENDLE Leisure Trust’s “Arts on Prescription” programme is now running courses throughout the Ribble Valley.

Arts on Prescription provides art courses for people who are finding life a little tough; people who are isolated, stressed or not feeling confident about themselves and also those suffering from anxiety or depression.

Arts on Prescription is friendly and welcoming. You can go along and try a course once – and if you like it, go back!

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Arts Development Manager, Kirsty Rose, said: “The art courses cover a whole range of topics, from glass-making, jewellery, paper-making, drawing and painting to creative writing and sculpting body parts. There is something for everyone and all the courses are suitable for complete beginners.

“Courses are free, although we do ask for a donation towards the materials, if, and only if, people can afford it.”

The courses take place at various locations throughout the Ribble Valley, including Clitheroe Library, Whalley Village Hall and the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

Anita Burrows, Arts on Prescription tutor, added: “Arts on Prescription offers people a place to explore creativity in a supported environment where activities are undertaken at a pace which is tailored to the individual’s needs.

“We have already had a number of success stories from people who have been helped by attending these courses.

“One client who was struggling with agoraphobia and social anxiety felt comfortable enough to attend the course on his own after his first session. He became motivated enough to go shopping for his own art materials and continue with his creative explorations at home.”

For more information, or to book a course, contact Kirsty Rose on 01282 661784 or e-mail: Kirsty.rose@pendleleisuretrust.co.uk