Celf-Able is a group which brings individuals with disabilities and disability artists together to share and learn from each other. With an emphasis on peer support, Celf-Able is currently focused on delivering community projects in Powys but they are working to establish networks across Wales.
Celf-Able was successful in securing a grant of £942 from Fund for Wales in 2017 to run two art sessions a month for a group of people with various disabilities. Participants had the opportunity to create art, socialise and share support and advice with peers. The project was able to combat the isolation and exclusion some disabled people face and allowed individuals to take part in therapeutic art. The participants had the opportunity to try different art mediums to ensure everyone found something that they enjoyed. The group also used the money to hire a room at Oriel Davies in Newtown Centre, Celf in Llandrinod Wells and a venue in Machynlleth.
Disabled people attending these groups found that focussing on art helped them feel relaxed and able to express themselves in a supported atmosphere. They also developed highly valued relationships with other group members.
“I’m so grateful that this group exists and I know there are other disabled members who love the meetings, from those with autism to M.E” - Group member.
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