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Penryn charity receives six-figure grant

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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A PENRYN-BASED charity is celebrating after being awarded funding to set up a three-year programme.

Art for Health Cornwall has been awarded £256,000 from Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation, which it will use to establish Home Service. This is a collaboration between major arts organisations and residential care suppliers, that will give the elderly the chance to engage with art and cultural opportunities on offer to the rest of the community.

Jayne Howard, director of Art for Health Cornwall, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have been awarded this funding and can't wait to get started on this exciting programme.

"We believe that older people living in care homes have the right to access the same art and cultural facilities on offer to the rest of the community and this funding provides an excellent opportunity to see that happen in Cornwall and other parts of the South West."

Art for Health Cornwall aims to improve health and wellbeing through creativity and hopes Home Service can build a bridge between older people and the wider community.

Peter Bazalgette, chairman of Arts Council England, said: "There are more than 400,000 older people in residential homes who are often excluded from the opportunities and benefits that taking part in arts and cultural experiences bring.

"This is a real chance to bring about a step change in the quantity and quality of arts activities that people in residential homes have access to."

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