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Blind and partially sighted people bring the Outside In as they get creative via Zoom

Photo shows a Zoom screen with Karen James holdig up three baubles with pine cones inside and silver tinsel
Karen James with her baubles using pine cones and silver tinsel

Blind and partially sighted people in Sefton have been getting creative thanks to a series of art classes via Zoom.

Living Well Sefton has awarded sight loss charity Galloway’s £800 through the Community Resilience Grant – Round 7 to host art sessions through Zoom.

Art tutor Julie James-Turner delivered the materials to participants who met online once a week to carry out the creative projects together, following instructions.

Pine cones, acorns and twigs sprayed white on a yellow background
Pine cones, acorns and twigs sprayed white on a yellow background

Applying the theme Outside In, the group crafted a variety of tactile items using natural materials, such as leaves, twigs and pinecones. They have made clay patterns, winter decorations and weaved God’s eye squares.

Art tutor Julie said: “Everyone has enjoyed the sessions as it has been a good alternative to allow the group to continue the art workshops. It has been nice for them to meet up on Zoom and have a chat.

“As a result, it has helped improve their health and wellbeing and enabled them to feel less isolated. With our theme, we are bringing the outside in with art and this has given the group more confidence to go outdoors and enjoy nature. Creativity is a real blessing when you can’t do the things you would normally do and it takes you to a really nice place.”

Photo shows clay work created by Jonathan. There are four squares with different imprint patterns.  These are separated by a circle and four thing rectangles in the shape of a cross.
Clay squares

One of the group members, Jan Young said: “It is great to have this connection and I am so glad we have been able to continue as a group. It has been really good to have something to work at and I have felt a real sense of achievement doing it.”

Another group member, Karen James said: “It has been good for the social side of things and it is making me do something. I like doing things with my hands and I have loved playing with the clay.”

Galloway’s supports more than 7,000 blind and partially sighted people across Sefton and Lancashire. Its centre in Wright Street, Southport, remains temporarily closed until further notice.

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