Our stories

Creativity and independence are at the heart of what we do. We are devoted to making a difference to the lives of the people we support. Here some of our Art Makers share their stories from Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre and explain how they have found the confidence to go beyond expectations.

Art Maker James on stage singing Dad'd Army songs for our Henshaws Got Talent competition
Featured workshop: music

When James first started attending the music workshop he found it hard to concentrate for the whole session and would sometimes leave the room with his support worker. By supporting James to get more involved in the session, he has now become more confident and loves singing along to a range of music.

Read James's story
Close up image of Art Maker Christine smiling in the IT workshop

Featured workshop: I.T.

Christine had hardly used a computer before joining our IT workshop. Now she has learnt new ways to use technology in her daily life and she loves coming to our sociable workshop sessions.

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Close up image of Barnaby smiling in our horticulture workshop

Featured workshop: horticulture

Barnaby has been able to gradually reduce his personal support needs as he’s become more confident and independent through taking part in our horticulture workshop.

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Discover more stories from Art Makers in our creative workshops

I like pottery because our workshop leader is fantastic. My favourite activity is painting bright colours and guessing what they are going to look like when they come out of the kiln.”

Read Sally's story

Sally, Art Maker - pottery

Art Maker Sally holds up a ceramic crocodile in our pottery workshop for people with disabilities

It has helped me develop new skills. I hadn’t done embroidery before I came here. I love it because I can be focused. I’ve learnt how to wind a ball of wool. I can use all different colours in my work. Henshaws is a good place to come to.”

Read Gavin's story

Gavin, Art Maker - textiles

Close up smiling photo of Gavin, an Art Maker who shares his experiences for one of our stories from Henshaws Arts & Crafts
Close up image of Art Maker Craig in the Cook It workshop
Featured workshop: cook it

When Craig first started in our cook it workshop, he would often sit in the corner wearing his headphones and not be interested in joining in with the food preparation. But slowly we have supported Craig to try foods in a safe environment so he now feels confident to try new things.

Everyone working with Craig has seen a massive change in him. As well as having a much healthier diet, he now talks and laughs with the group and is happy to join in with the session.

Read Craig's story

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