The future of a Bury St Edmunds arts organisation helping those with drug, alcohol and mental health issues has been secured for the next two years after it scooped a £50,000 grant.
Artheads has secured £20,000 a year for two years towards the project manager’s salary and general running costs from the Tudor Trust as well as a capital grant of up to £10,000 for refurbishment.
The group, based at Bury Leisure Centre, allows those recovering from substance misuse or mental health issues and members of the wider community to enjoy creative activities such as exhibitions, music jams, practice sessions, rehearsals and performance events.
Since its launch in 2007, it has grown from initially staging a few exhibitions and gigs into an established venue.
Sam Manzaroli, an original founder and trustee, said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding so we can continue to operate and employ a part-time project manager.
“Artheads’ aim is to help improve people’s quality of life by introducing them to the therapeutic value of creative activities and to break down prejudices, stereotyping and stigma.”
He added: “A huge debt of thanks is also owed to Frances Allan, who was the prime motivator in 2012 to obtain the initial grant from Suffolk DAAT to fund the manager post. This has enabled us to expand the sessions we offer. It’s satisfying to see what has been accomplished since the inception of Artheads and it’s even more rewarding to know that many people who have attended go on to fulfill their potential.”