Christmas cards for sale!

It's October, and that can only mean one thing: the new Christmas cards have arrived from the printers! 

This year, we have three beautiful designs, 'Reindeers' by Edward Henry, 'Penguins in a row' by Ruth Mutch and 'Christmas Tree' by Andy Adams.

Get yours now, only £5 for a pack of ten, and help support our amazing artists!

Cards are available in our gallery shop and soon to be online. 

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Well done Team Jacobs!

Congratulations! After months of preparation, the runners of team Jacobs have done it: they have run the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow yesterday! Despite the weather conditions, 17 runners took part in the race, and all made it to the finish line.

Everybody at Project Ability would like to say a very, very big thank you to them all, and to everybody who donated to their Local Giving page. The team raised a fantastic £3520 - just over £4000 with Gift Aid. 

The money will be put to good use in our visual arts workshops! Thank you team Jacobs!

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2017 Project Ability Quiz Night!

The Project Ability Quiz Night was a great success yet again, with much fun had by all.  We’d like to thank everyone for attending, and helping raise a fantastic sum of £590! Can't wait until the next one!

The winners on the night!

The now famous Quiz Night trophy is collected! See you all next year!

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Meet the Volunteers - Cathy Dowling

Most of the fantastic people who volunteer at Project Ability are artists, graduates and undergraduates who help our tutors during our arts workshops. Most, but not all, as this week's volunteer Cathy Dowling shows. Cathy has had a long career in external relations at Scottish universities, at Stirling Management Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow University and latterly at Glasgow School of Art.

She hopes to add her experience of building partnerships with companies and drawing down funding to Project Ability’s fundraising strategy. She had been lending her skills to our charity one afternoon a week for the last year, and is a great addition to the team!

"I know there are bighearted organisations and individuals in Glasgow and beyond who’d be entranced by the talent, creativity and wonderful work that happens here. I hope I can help with outreach. Times are tough in fundraising and we need to tell compelling stories to bring those key donors on board".

Thank you Cathy!

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Team Jacobs: Just under £300 to go to reach £2500

The Jacobs Finance team is getting ready for the Great Scottish Run in a couple of weeks, and including gift aid they have almost reached an amazing £2250 in donations for Project Ability! They have been a fantastic support in the last few months, and their effort is having a very positive impact on the team members' fitness as well!

"I have never been into fitness as such, although I’m quite an active person and never sit still for more than 10 minutes, I just have never been one to go to the gym or participate in any sport. I basically didn’t participate in anything that included breaking a sweat. In March this year, I decided to be a team player and take part in the 10k organised by Jacobs Finance team in order to raise funds for such a great charity. Having just returned to work from maternity leave, I also thought it was a great way to get back into some sort of shape and socialise with colleagues.

Having never ran in my life, I decided that I would aim to at least be able to run the whole way without stopping, which seemed a really hard task at that time. ESPECIALLY following my first run at the beginning of April where I only managed to run 2k and I had to stop 3 times!!!! Needless to say, at that time, I really thought I would never achieve my goal and started having second thoughts about wat I had signed myself up for! But, being the competitive person that I am, and knowing that I had publicly signed up to this race, I thought I best stick at it and see how I got on… I started to run 2-3 times a week, building up the distance I could run, and 4 weeks later I managed to run my first full straight 10k with no stops and within the hour (58minutes and 45seconds to be exact!!). As you can imagine, I had well and truly caught the ‘bug’ by this time. I have been running 3-4 times a week ever since.

On the day of the race, I would love to achieve a time of 48 minutes. My personal best is currently 47 minutes and 36 seconds, but I’ve only managed this once!! For me though, regardless of how well (or not) I do on the day, the decision to sign up to support this great charity has been life changing. I’m fitter now than I have ever been, I feel great, I have more energy, and I have found a hobby that I love and can de-stress with after a hard day."
-Karen Hamilton

Thank you all! You can support Team Jacobs by donating via our secure Local Giving Page. 

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A mural and a live portrait session - Project Ability at GSA

This week, the Glasgow School of Arts welcomes its new students, and Project Ability was there to mark the occasion! Thanks to volunteer and art student Jonathan Kirkwood, three of our artists were involved in the event: on Monday, Jonathan McKinstry took over a wall of the famous Vic cafe, where he painted a mural of his 2015 artwork 'Not the Last Supper'. The result is absolutely fantastic, and the feedback from the students has been great.

On Tuesday, John Cocozza and Steven Reilly spent the day doing live portraits of students and visitors, something that always proves very popular. Models were encourage to give a little donation in exchange of their portrait, and the crew came back with a fantastic £110!

Jonathan Kirkwood said: "I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to take Jonathan, Steven and John up to the art school and given them the chance to show how fun, energetic and exciting their work is. It's been an overall really positive experience and one that I hope leads to more opportunities being created for collaborations between the two organisations. Everyone who I spoke to over the course of the two days was really enthusiastic and simply overwhelmed with the work that the guys generated, and all seemed really interested in what goes on at Project Ability! As always it was a massive pleasure working alongside the three gents and I want to thank them all for coming along and making all this possible."

Thank you all, and well done!

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Target reached for Team Jacobs!

The wonderful running group at Jacobs has reached its £2000 fundraising target for the Great Scottish Run! There are almost three weeks left before the event, will they make it to £2500?

The team's support has been fantastic, and it seems that it has been very positive for the team members too:

"I thought that this was a great cause and a good way for us to work as a team and in the process get fitter and bond more with work colleagues. We all support each other and make it fun as well as challenging - while raising money for such a good charity.

I have only recently started keeping fit. To begin with I could only manage short bursts of energy. But training for this run has made me fitter and got me out of the office at lunch time. It’s so nice to see everyone in the office helping us reach our target. The Fundraising day was amazing and the support from everyone was fantastic. The people do make Glasgow and the staff do make Jacobs.

I hope to keep up the running after the 10k and hope to try and get as near the 1 hour as possible. I've gone from running like an elephant to running like a greyhound - well almost. Team Jacobs!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-Margaret Newman

If you would like to support Team Jacobs and Project Ability, you can donate securely on our Local Giving Page. 

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£2000 target within reach for Team Jacobs!

About a year ago a group of Jacobs team members in the finance department started running once a week during lunch time. Soon after they decided to set a target to participate in the 2017 Great Scottish Run. Some of them had done the race before, some were experienced runners and some had literally never thought about running 10k before. They now have a few different groups from beginners to experienced runners getting together each week during lunch or after working hours.

"In combination with the running we have also held a weight loss competition in the office promoting healthy eating and regular exercise, this has made everyone aware of the importance of getting away from the desk, even if it’s just for a short walk round the block. For the finance department as a whole, participating in the Great Scottish Run in support of the great work done by Project Ability is truly a win-win!"

We will bring you some of the team's success stories in the coming week, but in the meantime, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of them for their support. They have already raised £1793 out of their £2000 target! If you would like to support them, please visit our Local Giving Page, where you can donate securely.

Thank you Team Jacobs!

(Photo: Mark Anderson via Daily Record)

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Quiz Night

Our annual fundraising event is back! Join us on Thursday 28 September for the always fun Project Ability Quiz Night, 7pm-9pm.

Are you pop culture savvy? Want to test your general kowledge? Look no further, our Quiz Night is the place to be!

Only £5 per entry, including a free drink and a free raffle ticket, with a chance to win one of our great prizes. You can come as a team, or join one on the night. Tickets are available to purchase on the third floor of Trongate 103. 

Who will be bringing the Project Ability trophy home?

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The Great Scottish Run: Jacobs are fundraising for Project Ability

The Great Scottish Run 2017 is under two months away, and the Jacobs Glasgow team has been training hard for the event. The team, composed of people with different abilities, from experienced runners to beginners, are using this as motivation to start exercising regularly, and have chosen to fundraise for Project Ability while doing so! 

"At Jacobs, our people across the globe showcase a spirit of volunteerism and community action. This October, a group of 25 people from our Glasgow UK office have committed to taking part in the Great Scottish Run 2017. Project Ability was chosen from a group of local charities based on Jacobs vision to help make a difference in the local community. We recognise the valuable work done by Project Ability and are very happy to give some support for this work to continue."

You can support the team by donating securely to their Local Giving page, no amount is too small! They have already raised just under £700, and hope to reach their target of £2000 by the time of the event.

Many thanks to all the Jacobs runners for choosing us, and good luck for the run!

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Project Ability bags £4200 from carrier bag charge fund

We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £4200 from a Tesco funding scheme!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of  local community projects every year. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland. Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Project Ability has been awarded £4200 to keep our Walking Group going for another year!

“Funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme will help people with disabilities who take part in our visual art studio to enjoy a years’ programme of safe walks and visits to places of cultural importance in and around Glasgow.” Said Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out. Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £28.5 million across more than 4,000 local projects.

To find out more about Bags of Help, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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The Ladysbridge Hospital Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Project Ability and C-Change have received £40,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Ladysbridge Hospital Project, in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Led by a project team managed by Project Ability and C-Change, the project focuses on the heritage of people with learning disabilities living in Aberdeenshire and nationally.

The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff, research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.

Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community. The project launch is on Tuesday 16th May, at Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre and is taking place to mark Learning Disability Week 2017. It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.

Commenting on the award, Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Director, Project Ability said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The story of how people with learning disabilities were treated in the not too distant past is a timely reminder of how much society has changed and how people with learning disabilities contribute to our communities.”
Sheryl Walker, PR & Projects Development Manager, C-Change said “We are thrilled that the Heritage Lottery has provided the opportunity for C-Change and Project Ability to collaborate on a 2nd social history project. Ladysbridge Hospital is key part of Aberdeenshire's history and this project will help to raise awareness of how learning disability perception and policy has evolved over the years. It will be a privilege working with some of the ex-residents of Ladysbridge to share their personal memories of their experience of life in the hospital.”

Lucy Casot, Head of HLF Scotland, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help communities learn about and take pride in their local heritage as well as training in new skills. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and the story of Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff is no exception.”

(Images from the Lennox Castle Project)

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Vote for Project Ability with Tesco Bags of Help!

Project Ability has been shortlisted to receive a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. 

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive a cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. By voting for Project Ability, you will be helping our walking group!

Project Ability’s walking group helps people with disabilities and mental ill health meet up once a week to walk to cultural and heritage places of interest. They benefit from the exercise and from exploring their community.

“We are delighted to be on the shortlist for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Our walking group is accessed by people of all ages; it is a sociable, supportive group which welcomes everyone and gets people out and about and better connected to their community.” – Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director, Project Ability.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 1 to 25 February on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards. 

Cast your vote using the token given to you at the check-out each time you shop.

Local participating stores include:

Argyle Street Tesco Express, G2 8LY
Cochrane Sq Tesco Express, G1 1EJ
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Express, G2 3LW
York Hill Tesco Express, G3 8ND
Glasgow Trongate Tesco Express, G1 5HF
Byres Road Tesco Metro, G12 8AW
Napierhill Tesco Express, G20 7YA
Queen Street Tesco Express, G20 8NX
St Enochs Tesco Metro, G1 4BW
North Street Tesco Express, G3 7DA
Maryhill Tesco Extra, G20 9SH
Merchant City Tesco Express, G1 5AA
Renfield Street Tesco Express, G2 5AH
Sauchiehall Street Tesco Metro, G2 3HQ
Great Western Road Tesco Express, G4 9HS

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the tesco website here.

 

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Christmas Party 2016

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Christmas Party last week, and helped to make it a truly memorable night! We had excellent music from Rapido Mariachi and DJ Pete Bowers, both of which got a good crowd dancing on our specially created glittery dancefloor!

This year’s raffle was particularly successful with a dazzling array of prizes and an abundance of tickets sold. There were some gorgeous original artworks in the mix, as well as food and drinks vouchers and even a night away in a B&B on Arran. Thanks to all those who generously donated prizes and to all those who bought tickets.


Altogether we raised over £650!

This makes an excellent close for our fundraising activities this year, and a brilliant boost to supporting our ongoing activity in 2017.

Happy holidays to one and all and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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Raffle Tickets and Christmas Party

Our Christmas raffle is well under way. Grab yourself a ticket ahead of the draw on Thursday night at our Christmas party

We've got a whole host of excellent prizes that have been generously donated by some of our fantastic supporters.

​​Prizes include:

  • Original artwork - 'Billy the Cat' by Tommy Mason, drypoint print
  • 1 night mid week B&B at Altachorvie Island Retreat, Isle of Arran
  • £50 voucher for Obu Pan Asian, Princess Square
  • £50 voucher for Barcas Taps, Princes Square
  • Afternoon tea for two at Cranachan, Princess Square
  • £20 Cass Art Voucher
  • £20 Marks and Spencer’s  voucher
  • 2 adults, 2 children Roller Stop voucher
  • 2 tickets for Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Bottle of champagne
  • Simon AIR game from A1 Comics
  • Little Pony Trading cards from A1 Comics
  • Driftwood sculpture

The raffle will be drawn at our Christmas party Thursday 15th December from 7pm.

Tickets are just £1 each and can be bought from our Gallery or at the party.

​Come along and join us for a evening of festive fun with Rapido Mariachi, DJ Pete Bowers, games, dancing and raffle all for £5!

All the proceeds contribute towards Project Ability's programme of artistic education and help us to transform the lives of people with disabilities of all ages through visual art.

'Billy the Cat' by Tommy Mason

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Fiddler on the Roof

Last week saw the excellent production of Fiddler on the Roof by Glasgow Light Opera Club (GLOC) at the King's Theatre.

Project Ability was lucky enough to be chosen as GLOC's charity this year. So out went our intrepid teams of staff and volunteers with buckets to make collections at the shows and spread the word about the work that we do here at Project Ability.

Thanks to the huge generosity of all the theatre goers who donated over the course of the week we raised an impressive £734.16 that will help to support our vital work.
Thanks to GLOC and the King's Theatre for having and to all the friendly people who donated to our collection.

If you would like to give regularly to Project Ability then you can join our Supporters Scheme for as little as £5 per month. Find out more about the scheme here

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Exhibition Opportunity - Superheroes

Exhibition Opportunity
Public Call Out to Artists

Project Ability is looking for ‘Superheroes’!!! Our annual Christmas exhibition of 2016 will be all about these super human characters. We are looking for artworks of all mediums to include in this show.  This is an open call exhibition and we are looking for submissions* from the public, to exhibit alongside Project Ability artists.

The exhibition runs from 1st - 23rd December.

*not all submissions will be exhibited

Timetable for submitting entries
Artists working in all media are invited to submit up to three artworks.  The closing date for submission is is Saturday 12th November. All submissions should be handed into the Project Ability Gallery on the 1st floor of Trongate 103. Please email exhibitions@project-ability.co.uk with any queries.

Important
Attached to every artwork must be an identification label with title and artist contact details and selling price of the work (if applicable).

Times for Handing in and Collecting
Selected work must be delivered to Project Ability Gallery, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD in person by Saturday 12th November.
The artist will be notified if work is sold and unsold work must be collected from Project Ability Gallery between Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th January 2017, 10 – 5pm.

Artwork permitted
Artists are invited to submit up to 3 pieces of work. 2D and 3D work in all media is permitted, all works submitted must be unique original works.  2D work must be ready to hang.  3D work must be stable and safe to exhibit.

Sales
‘Superheroes’ is our annual fundraiser and artist’s agrees to donate to Project Ability a minimum of 40% from the sale of each item submitted.  Sales will be banked by Project Ability with the agreed percentage due to the artist to be paid as soon as possible after the exhibition.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Spooky Movie Night 2016

 

After the success of last month's fundraising Quiz Night, we are launching our second fundraising event this year: Spooky Movie Night!

Join us on Thursday 27 October in your best spooky fancy dress (or not!) for the screening of cult-classic Frankenstein.

Each entry includes pizza, a drink and a free raffle ticket. We will draw the raffle on the night, and as usual you can expect some great prizes! The best fancy dress will win a prize too, so be creative!

Note: the number of places are limited, so make sure you book your ticket soon. We won't sell any tickets on the night as we need a bit of notice for the catering.

Tickets can be bought from our 3rd Floor reception or from our gallery.

Thursday 27 October, 7pm-9.30pm

3rd Floor, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

0141 552 2822

Cost: £10

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GLOC present Fiddler on the Roof

This November, The Glasgow Light Opera Club (GLOC) present the much loved 'Fiddler on the Roof' at The King's Theatre, Glasgow! 

We are delighted that GLOC have chosen to support Project Ability for the duration of this production, and will be fundraising at each performance.

'Fiddler on the Roof ' runs 1 - 5 November 2016 with performances at 7.30pm each evening as well as matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Book your tickets here now!

'Fiddler on the Roof' is an amateur performance by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. Follow the struggle Tevye has with his rebellious daughters as they seek to find true love and absorb yourself along the way in the well-known musical numbers: If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition as the story is brought to life with an evocative set and costumes.

Project Ability wish everyone at GLOC good luck with the performances, and thank them for their support!

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Our Quiz Night was a big success!

Many thanks to everybody who made our second annual Quiz Night such a fun event! We had over 70 people attending, divided into 10 teams with some very creative names.

Many of Project Ability's artists were there, from all our different programmes, as well as families, friends, tutors, directors and Trongate 103 staff!

We had a fantastic time and everybody enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere, though it was still very competitive! The winning team 'Cardboard Cutouts' scored a brilliant 78 points out of a possible total of 96!

Last years winners 'Universally Challenged' came in a very respectable second place with 72 points. Completing the top five were 'Plot 41' in third place with 62 points, 'Famous Five' in fourth with 58 points and 'Friends Reunited' in fifth place with 54 points. 

Our raffle also went down a treat, with some very happy winners on the night! Many thanks to all the generous donors, in particular A1 Comics & Static Games, Trans Europe Cafe, Rollerstop, NY American Grill and Cass Art and of course, to everybody who bought a raffle ticket.

Well done everyone, and thank you very much: the net proceeds after all costs were a fantastic £516!

Coming up next: our spooky movie night on 27 October!

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Introducing the Project Ability Supporters Scheme

Become a supporter of Project Ability for only £5 per month and help us to transform the lives of people with disabilities of all ages through visual art.

Why support us?

By becoming a supporter you will be helping us to continue our vital work. Demand for our service has never been higher but the challenges of funding mean that we have long waiting lists of people who need our help.

Your support means that we can help more people become healthier and happier. Ours is a person centred approach, participants benefit artistically, socially and emotionally from accessing a high quality programme of creative activity where they learn, progress and celebrate their achievements.

How will my £5 per month help?

Our incredible supporters help us to supply people with professional artist materials, keep the workshops running and the lights on. You can help by setting up a monthly donation.

£5 per month buys

  • 1 500ml pot of acrylic paint
  • Half a tube of oil paint
  • 1 pot of ceramic glaze
  • 1 bag of clay
  • 1 box of pencils

which equals

  • Inspiration
  • Joy
  • Confidence
  • Excitement
  • Achievement
  • Happiness

How do I become a supporter?

You can donate £5 each month (or more) by setting up a direct debit through our Local Giving page. It’s easy, secure and they sort out Gift Aid too. Your £5 donation with Gift Aid becomes £6.25.

We are suggesting £5 per month as an introductory level, however, there is no limit to what you can donate.

Donate now by clicking here

What we give you in return

In addition to the satisfaction of helping many people through your monthly donation, you will also receive:

  • Invitations to our exhibition private views
  • A regular enewsletter
  •  An invitation to our annual Supporters evening

We look forward to welcoming you to Project Ability’s team of Supporters. Together, we can fight to end the stigma of mental ill health and advocate the wider inclusion of people with disabilities in our community.

If you have any questions about the Project Ability Supporters Scheme, please contact us by emailing info@project-ability.co.uk or call us on 0141 552 2822.

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Hilary Dupre raised over £1200 for Project Ability!

On behalf of everyone at Project Ability, we'd like to say a huge thank you to Hilary Dupre! Hilary, a Project Ability board member, recently ran the Glasgow Clyde Marathon and has raised an amazing £1222 for our charity!

"I’m glad to say that I survived the Glasgow Clyde Marathon on Sunday 28th of August and managed to complete the course in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 57 seconds.  Thanks to everyone’s fantastic support, I’ve raised over £1200.  It was tough but an amazing experience and the weather was kind to us too."

- Hilary Dupre.

Hilary's Local Giving page is still active for a couple more weeks, so don't hesitate to donate if you'd like to show your support. If you plan on taking part in a sporting event and would be interested in raising funds for Project Ability, please get in touch: 0141 552 2822 or info@project-ability.co.uk

Thanks again to Hilary!

 

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Project Ability Quiz Night

We are hosting three fundraising events between now and Christmas! The first event is coming up soon, and it promises to be great fun: it's the Project Ability Quiz Night!

Are you unbeatable on popular culture? Join us on Friday 16 September, from 7pm for a chance to win the Project Ability trophy. You can come as a team, or join one on the night, everybody is welcome.

Only £5 per person, including a drink from the bar and a raffle ticket. The raffle will be drawn on the night, with plenty of fantastic prizes to be won!

Tickets are on sale now from our 3rd floor reception. Please, spread the word, and help us raise some much needed funds!

Quiz Night
Friday 16 September, 7pm
3rd Floor, Trongate 103
Glasgow G1 5HD

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A Marathon Canal Walk

On Sunday 22nd May, a group of walkers walked an entire marathon (26.2 miles) to raise funds for Project Ability. The group included Project Ability board member Bevis Evans-Teush and ReConnect tutor Celine Mcilmunn. Their route took them along the Union Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal footpaths, all the way from from Polmont to Glasgow.

They have raised a fantastic £272 so far, and there is still time to donate by visiting https://localgiving.org/fundraising/projectabilitymarathoncanalwalk

All donations will go to Project Ability, so dig deep! 

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Project Ability Marathon Canal Walk

On Sunday 22nd May, a group of walkers will walk a marathon (26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometres) to raise funds for Project Ability. The group will include Project Ability board member Bevis Evans-Teush and ReConnect tutor Celine Mcilmunn. Their route will take them along the Union Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal footpaths from Polmont to Glasgow.

You can support them by donating to their Local Giving page, no amount is too small!

If you'd like to raise funds for our charity, please get in touch: 0141 552 2822 / info@project-ability.co.uk

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Emily Gorman raised over £500 for Project Ability!

On behalf of everyone at Project Ability, we'd like to say a big thank you to the fantastic Emily Gorman! The eleven year-old ran the Colour Me Rad 5K this past Sunday and raised an amazing £516 for our charity!

"I've had a great day, the run was so much fun! I even had a 99 cone to celebrate at the end! Thank you to everyone who sponsored me."
-Emily

Emily's Local Giving page is still active for a few more days, so don't hesitate to donate if you'd like to show your support. If you plan on taking part in a sporting event and would be interested in raising funds for Project Ability, please get in touch: 0141 552 2822 or info@project-ability.co.uk.

Thanks again to Emily and the Gorman family!

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Help Emily raise funds for Project Ability

The amazing Emily Gorman, 11, is raising funds for our workshops by taking part in the Colour Me Rad 5K race!

"My name is Emily Gorman, I am going to run a special race to raise money for the project my mum has worked for, for nearly 16 years. Project Ability help people with disabilities make art. I have visited the art workshops she works in on Saturdays and seen all of the children making their art, it has inspired me to keep making my art too.

I want to help raise funds so that Project Ability can keep buying the paint they need for their workshops and want to do this by getting covered in paint myself and so the 'color me rad' 5K seemed the perfect race!

Please sponsor me and my mum to do this race, all of the money raised will go to Project Ability and will help to keep adding colour to everyone's lives, who visit their workshops!"

If you'd like to help her reach her £300 target, please click here. No amount is too small!

Thanks!

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Steven Reilly’s story - Donate now

Aspire artist Steven Reilly has accessed Project Ability to develop his artistic practice since 1991.

He is a talented painter, has a vivid imagination and particularly enjoys painting sports people and monsters, and especially likes to produce work on a gargantuan scale. He is funny, kind and usually at the centre of the joke!

Steven loves to travel and is a regular contributor to exhibitions, workshops and conferences in the UK and overseas: he has been to Ireland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Russia and Germany and the Czech Republic. He readily offers to give a hand and enjoys assisting the tutors deliver art workshops out and about to lots of different groups across the country.

He is a trusted volunteer and you will find him invigilating in the gallery every Thursday afternoon.

Your donations help us keep the studio open and deliver a programme of creative activity for Steven and his friends.  Thank you.

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We need your vote!

We are delighted to announce that we are one of the four organisations shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition! We now need your votes in order to win a redecoration makeover of our facility worth up to £10,000, so please, spread the news far and wide! 

Our Director Elisabeth Gibson said: "We are very proud of our charity and to be shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Paint Community Spirit competition is fantastic for us. We all enjoy making a real difference to lives through art and our students of all ages get so much out of it. We are in relatively new premises but, with the volume of people coming through the doors each week, it is susceptible to wear and tear. It’s looking tired and drab but it’s a place that means so much to people that it would be a huge boost if we could benefit from the redecoration."

To vote for us, please got to www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit

Read the Press Release below:

A Glasgow charity which helps people with disabilities and mental health issues achieve their artistic potential is hoping to paint a brighter future after reaching the final of a UK-wide competition.

Project Ability is one of four charities or community groups to make it to the final of the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition. Based on Trongate in the centre of Glasgow, Project Ability is now hoping to come out on top in a public vote to win a redecoration makeover of its facility worth up to £10,000.

Well over 100 charities and community projects from across the UK submitted applications to the competition, run by the leading paint manufacturer Johnstone’s Trade. A judging panel selected the final shortlist of four based on criteria such as the impact the project has on the community and the urgency for redecoration.
Project Ability has served the community for more than 30 years and provides artistic support and learning opportunities to three groups – adults with learning disabilities, adults with experience of mental ill health and children with disabilities.

More than 300 people, aged from five to 80-plus, visit the centre each week to hone their skills in numerous visual arts disciplines including painting and drawing, ceramics, woodwork and printmaking with work displayed in their public gallery.

Elisabeth Gibson, artistic director of Project Ability, said: “We are very proud of our charity and to be shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Paint Community Spirit competition is fantastic for us. We all enjoy making a real difference to lives through art and our students of all ages get so much out of it.
“We are in relatively new premises but, with the volume of people coming through the doors each week, it is susceptible to wear and tear. It’s looking tired and drab but it’s a place that means so much to people that it would be a huge boost if we could benefit from the redecoration.”

Project’s Ability’s quest to win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit has been picked by Partick Thistle Football Club. Thistle winger Declan McDaid attended Project Ability and said: “I would urge everyone to vote for Project Ability. It would be fantastic if a Glasgow project could win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit and it would be of huge benefit to a charity which does so much great work in the city.”

Other shortlisted community projects come from Greenwich, Rotherham and Nottingham.

Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “We had a high number of fantastic entries and there were so many worthwhile projects that it made the shortlisting process extremely difficult.
“However, Project Ability and the three other projects in the final all do fantastic work and would all be very worthwhile winners. To win a redecoration makeover will make a huge difference to the winner and we are proud to be making a real impact.”

To vote for Project Ability, please visit http://www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit before February 29.

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New studio equipment thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery

Project Ability is delighted to receive an award from the People’s Postcode Lottery towards purchasing some new equipment for the studio. 

After years of hard use, our tables, chairs and easels are beginning to break down.  With this funding we can now replace worn out easels and purchase height adjustable tables which are suitable for people using wheelchairs.

We strive to deliver the highest standard of service and the best possible environment for the artists, and this new equipment will be warmly received!

Many thanks to the People's Postcode Lottery!

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