Published: 18/02/2013 12:24

Art and Soul gets £9,400 Lottery grant

Written byBY JENNY MOODY

Art & Soul has received £9,400 from the National Lottery Art & Soul has received £9,400 from the National Lottery

A UTTOXETER charity supporting people with mental health issues is set to extend its services with the help of a Lottery grant.

The Art and Soul Friendship Group, based at Hawthorne House, in the Market Place, is planning to add to the services it currently offers with a £9,400 grant from the National Lottery.

The money will go towards adding a collagen bed which helps all forms of depression, seasonal affective disorder and reduces scars for those who self harm.

It will also go towards extending some of the other therapies on offer.

The charity is also awaiting to hear of the result of WASP funding which will also go towards the bed, which they will find out at the next meeting on March 12.

Trustee Andrew Riley said Art and Soul currently offers services which are based around a friendship drop in centre.

This offers a friendly ear to listen and a cup of tea for anyone with any form of mental health issues from grief to bi polar and anxiety to depression.

Therapy is also offered through art as well as relaxation therapies and reiki.

Councillor Riley said: “We are over the moon to get this funding from the Lottery.

“It will make a huge difference to the services we can offer our members.

“We now have a fully equipped therapy room for counselling and ready to go.

“We would also like to invite new members along to take advantage of the help and support we can offer.

“Our opening hours are 9.30am to 3.15pm Monday to Friday, and we also run a ladies group on a Thursday evening from 6pm to 9pm.

“The group is open to everybody and new members will always be welcomed with a friendly smile.”

During January Art and Soul also achieved registered charity status through the Charity Commission.

Councillor Riley added: “We feel this a huge achievement after a lot of hard work and are very proud of the fact that we are now registered.”

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