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Suffolk Artlink Launches JumpstART! Courses

4th July 2011 in Community Land Trusts, News

Suffolk Artlink is about to launch a new creative course that will offer adults with learning difficulties a gateway into employment. The arts charity has its offices at Miles Ward Court in Halesworth, a former hemp factory that was refurbished by Foundation East to offer local people affordable workspace.

Suffolk Artlink’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged people in Suffolk and beyond. Their work ranges from the ‘Clown Round’, which engages children in hospital in music and performing arts, to ‘Creative Carers’ courses training people to provide creative activities for older people in care.

This year up to 100 adults with learning disabilities will have the chance to try creative courses as part of the JumpstART! project. Participants benefit from increased self esteem and the courses can help them prepare for employment in the creative sector.

Courses run by Suffolk Artlink use all art forms, including painting, sculpture, drama, music, literature, and photography. The project is supported by The Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund.

Alex Casey, co-director of Suffolk Artlink, says: “We’ve been running pilot courses which have proved really successful, and the new project kicks off in September with fifteen week courses held in Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds.

“We’ve got big plans even though times are tough. In fact difficult economic times often lead to an increase in the number of people who need our help. We want to meet the needs of as many disadvantaged people as we possibly can.”

If you are interested in office space in Miles Ward Court please call 0845 2937751 to speak to Phil Rose, Community Land Trust Development Manager for Foundation East, or email

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