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Bury St Edmunds community company receives £5,000 grant to further help adults with mental health problems




A Bury St Edmunds community company which helps support adults recovering from mental health issues has been awarded a grant for its services worth over £5,000.

The not-for-profit Art Branches was given the £5,020 by The St Edmunds Trust which will go towards their creative workshops that aim to improve the mental and physical health of participants whilst ‘connecting them with their environment.’

In the workshops, individuals get to use different cameras and creative materials in small groups in the hope this will spark some creativity whilst improving their intra-personal skills and getting them outdoors.

The projects aim to spark creativity in the participants whilst getting them outdoors.
The projects aim to spark creativity in the participants whilst getting them outdoors.

Stephanie Hartick, creative director for Art Branches, said: "Art Branches is very grateful to receive this grant.

"It will enable professional artists to help work alongside individuals recovering from mental health issues, giving an excellent opportunity for people to develop their creative skills.

"In turn this could lead to a long term interest or hobby that helps improve wellbeing."

The hope is that the creative skills the participants pick up lead to a long-term interest which help them mentally.
The hope is that the creative skills the participants pick up lead to a long-term interest which help them mentally.

Art Branches was set up in 2015 by Sara Noonan, Stephanie Hartick and Deborah Pipe and carries out work in schools, community centres, residential homes and hospitals across the East of England.


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