Artheads, the Bury St Edmunds organisation which provides a drug and alcohol free environment where people with addiction and mental health issues can take part in art and music, has appointed its first ever project manager in Margaret Lee.
The organisation, which has been running for five years, said the post was made possible through funding from the Suffolk Drug and Alcohol team who have been actively supporting the project over the last year.
Margaret previously worked in management and fund-raising for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
She said: “I am delighted with my appointment and I can appreciate the hard work that has gone into the project from dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers.
“I’ve been getting to know everyone at Artheads personally, volunteers,
members, visitors and funders alike, seeking out their hopes and dreams for the project, as well as sharing my own ideas.
“What has been achieved since the inception of Artheads is remarkable and it’s great to know that so many people using the studios have gone on to achieve other things.
“I hope I will be to use my arts administration and PR skills to bring wider acknowledgement of Artheads within the community and to increase funding for such a great cause.”
Artheads which is primarily run by volunteers, provides a safe, friendly venue in the basement of Bury Leisure Centre, in which people can socialise and/or explore their creativity through art and music.
The activities aim to involve the whole community in order to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions around addiction and mental health. Long-term, Artheads is looking to grow, become even more successful and recognised as notable and respected arts organisation in the Bury area.