The clocks have changed, the days are getting longer and lighter, bulbs are flowering, leaves are budding and the streets are filling up with runners, walkers and cyclists training for the annual round of charity runs, marathons, road races, swimathons etc.
If you are in training and preparing for a challenge, please nominate Project Ability as your charity fundraising partner. Set-up a page on Just Giving nominating Project Ability as your charity of choice and send the link to your friends, family and colleagues and we can help spread the word by posting the link on our website and social media.
People are extremely generous: in 2012, our supporters raised £3762 using the Just Giving secure website and a further £1000 by claiming gift aid on eligible donations.
Lets see if we can raise the bar even higher in 2013!!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Xmas Pounds Appeal; to our donors who made a gift for the first time and to our regular supporters.
We reached our goal and raised £1500!
These contributions will help us provide art materials and studio space so our artists can create and exhibit new works in 2013 and we can continue to reach out to new communities .
Project Ability's Young Film Makers Equipment Fund has received another generous donation, this time from Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation. This brings our new overall total up by £800 to a staggering £11158 - 148% of our original £7500 target!
A big thank you to them and everyone else who has supported the young film makers fundraising efforts.
Tickets are now on sale for our Christmas Party on Thursday 13th December and for the raffle which will be drawn on the same evening.
Raffle prizes are as follows, with more to be confirmed:
Two course meal for two and a bottle of wine at Saramago Café Bar
Family Ticket for Jack & the Beanstalk at The SECC
Four GFT Cinema Tickets for a film of your choice
Two bottles of wine from the Flying Duck
Twelve cupcakes from Cupcake
£25 lunch voucher from Rose & Grants
£25 voucher for Wilson’s Hairdressers
Product hamper from Urban Angel
Project Ability Artwork
Tickets for the party are £5.00 each which includes a free drink, raffle tickets are £1.00 each or 5 for £4.00.
You can purchase tickets from Project Ability on the 3rd floor at Trongate103.
The People's Postcode Trust have helped the Create Young Film Makers Equipment Fund reach its goal with a generous donation of £7300. This takes the final total over the £7500 target to an incredible £10358 and means our video cameras, computers and software can all be upgraded, making the film programme for children and young people more accessible and better quality.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported the appeal through fundraising and personal donations. To find out more about The Peoples Postcode Lottery click here.
We look forward to seeing what exciting work our young film makers create with the new equipment!
Help us celebrate 2012 on Thursday 13 December for our BIG annual fundraising party complete with music by the Easy Orchestra, Project Ability pop-up shop and fabulous RAFFLE!
There are wonderful prizes to be won including family tickets to Christmas panto Jack & the Beanstalk kindly donated by SECC and many more surprises. All the money made will go towards our Xmas Pound Appeal! This year we are pleased to be hosting the party in our home, the 3rd Floor workshop in Trongate 103 from 8pm ‘till late!
2012 has been magnificent and we have a lot to celebrate; including exciting exhibitions, artists’ talks, film projects and new programmes.
Please join us for a Christmassy evening of music, dancing and festivities; every donation contributes directly to Project Ability’s original and innovative programme of visual art production and exhibitions.
We set out at the beginning of the year with an ambitious programme of visual art workshops, participatory programmes, residencies and master classes which put Project Ability together with professional practitioners, graduate volunteers, local audiences, community groups, disability networks, filmmakers and non-profit organisations.
This year we received our first ever Arts Award programme for 14-25 year olds and established Art Matters - a brand new provision for young people aged 21-28 extending the Create programme upper age limit from 25 to 28. Another new initiative Young Talent on Screen will equip young people with the skills and confidence to organise and run a Film Festival in 2013 and a major public event in 2014.
Also significant in 2012, Connect closed and re-emerged as ReConnect; a programme for artists in recovery from mental ill health with a focus on self-initiated artistic practice and looking towards an autonomous and sustainable future for the programme.
In exhibitions, we hosted an inspiring exchange exhibition between Canada and Scotland which is the first in a series of forthcoming international partnerships. We launched a significant social history project, Lennox Castle Stories in partnership with C-Change which resulted in a collection of photographs, art works, a publication and a website mapping the experiences of the castle’s ex-residents.
Meanwhile, two artists with learning disabilities embarked on an artist residency in the picturesque Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, we presented Let the Games Begin Part 2; an alternative exhibition on the theme of sport, victory and success to coincide with the various festivals and cultural events happening around London 2012.
Please join us for a Christmassy evening of music, dancing and festivities; every donation contributes directly to Project Ability’s original and innovative programme of visual art production and exhibitions.
Don’t miss it!
An army of home bakers baked a gargantuan mountain of cakes and Project Ability’s first ever Cake Sale has been a massive success.
Set up in the window overlooking the Trongate our volunteers have been selling an array of tempting treats to Trongate 103’s community of artists and passer-by’s.
Victoria Sponges, Top Hats, Potato Scones, Fairy Cakes, Muffins, Cookies, Fruit Cake and Fruit Loaves and that perennial Scottish favourite Tablet, were baked and bought and we raised £245.
A huge thank you to the bakers and we are back tomorrow with fresh supplies!
Don't forget to come along to our Cake Sale in the foyer of Trongate 103, tomorrow from 11am till 2pm, and Friday 16th Nov, from 11am till 2pm (or until sold out).
Fresh, delicious home baking will be on sale and all the proceeds will go towards funding for our Re-Connect programme.
ReConnect is a self-financing artist group and Project Ability provides the group with workshop space and administrative support free of charge as they receive no grants or financial support from any other agencies.
A little bit of extra money goes a long way and the artists have started fundraising to help buy canvas and other art materials.
Your support will be greatly appreciated!
Today, 1st November 2012, we are launching our annual 2012, Xmas Pounds Appeal and we have set a target of £1500.
2012 has been a fantastic fundraising year. Our supporters have raised more money than ever before. They have run marathons and swam rivers for Project Ability. They have dared to dye their hair pink and then gone bald (!) to raise funds for Project Ability.
There are several ways you can give money towards our 2012, Xmas Pounds Appeal:
• You can hand in cash to the office
• Send a cheque made out to Project Ability
• Donate securely on line at our secure Just Giving site
If you are a tax payer you can increase the value of your donation by 25% by completing a gift aid form.
All the money we receive will go towards providing more opportunities for our participants: workshops, film classes, exhibitions, film screenings, training and events.
Every donation, large or small, makes a difference. Please help us reach our target of £1500!
Many, many thanks from everyone at Project Ability.
As well as our usual Saturday Visual Arts workshops and Art Matters classes, Saturday also saw our monthly Friends and Family Fun Workshops. Project Ability tutors supported young people and their friends and families through 2 fun filled, messy, plaster casting workshops, where they created their own colourful plaster drawings and impressions. Everyone had a great time and will hopefully enjoy the goody bag of ideas and materials they took away, which will help them to continue to create and learn at home!
As well as all of this long time Create participant and Nail Artist Pauline set up Project Ability's first ever Nail Bar! Pauline treated staff and parents to a bit of pampering all in aid of the Young Film Makers Equipment Fund.
A huge thank you to Pauline and all of her customers. Thanks to her efforts the Young Film Makers Equipment Fund has reached a fantastic 39% of its £7500 target. Well done!
If you would like to support the Young Film Makers to raise money it couldn't be simpler. You can:
Text: FILM12 £1 to 70070 (or £2, £3, £4, £5, £10)
Or visit our JustGiving Page to donate online
Come along this Saturday for Pauline's Nail Bar 12- 4pm at Project Ability.
Pauline will be offering the following treatments at great prices:
File & Polish - £7
Nail Art - £10
Nail Transfers - £10
There is no need to book, just come along on the day and treat yourself!
Pauline is kindly donating all proceeds from the Nail Bar to the Create Young Film Makers Equipment Fund.
Sam McIlmunn has attended film classes at Project Ability for a very long time!
To help our Film Fund Appeal he is prepared to sacrifice his Huge Hair. If he can raise £100 he’ll dye his hair pink for a week before shaving it off! Sam, we salute your courage.
Sam has set up a Just Giving fundraising page so it couldn't be simpler to sponsor him.
Project Ability are excited to announce that our Young Film Makers Equipment Fund Appeal has been sponsored as a Waitrose Local Charity for the month of August. Our local Waitrose store on Byres Road will share £1000 between 3 charities in August, with customer votes deciding what percentage of this money will go to each charitable organisation. So get down to Waitrose on Byres Road today and support Project Ability to raise funds for new equipment to make our film making programme more accessible and successful than ever before!
For further information on our Young Film Makers Equipment Fund Appeal, including information on how to donate, please click here.
On the 27th May, Joannie Tough is running the Edinburgh Half Marathon and raising funds for Project Ability. Joannie has already raised over £300 from her friends and family.
On the 22nd June, Chris Gorman is competing in the Great North Swim and raising funds for Project Ability. Chris has set a fundraising target of £500.
We would like to give a massive thank you to Joannie and Chris for their support and huge thanks to everyone who has made a donation.
Chris Gorman, a long-time friend of Project Ability's, has decided to swim the Great North Swim and to fundraise for us. He is hoping to raise £500, and has already reached £100!
Here is what he had to say on his JustGiving page:
"I am swimming two events in this year's Great North Swim, the 2 mile and 1 mile open water events across Lake Windermere. This will be the largest open water swimming event in the UK. Project Ability is an organisation close to my heart. My wife Tracy has worked there for over 11 years and I have seen the impact that art has made to many of the participants who attend the Project. It is truely a unique place, supporting people of all ages with disabilies, to make art....anyone who has visited their gallery will know the great work that is produced.
As many of you know, I have competed in many swimming events in the past, however open water swimming is a relatively new venture for me and this challenge will be no mean feat! I'd really appreciate any donation you could make to support my challenge, and Project Ability."
Thank you very much Chris, and good luck! If you wish to sponsor Chris, please visit his JustGiving page, it is a very easy and secure way to donate online. You can also hand in cash or a cheque at our reception, 3rd Floor in Trongate 103.
Photo: Chris and Duncan Goodhew
In March, John Fitzpatrick ran the Mighty Deerstalker and smashed his fundraising target raising over £700 for Project Ability. In June, Chris Gorman is swimming the Great North Swim and hopes to raise £500. If you are in training and planning a challenge please consider raising sponsorship for Project Ability.
It’s really straightforward to set up a sponsorship page with the secure fundraising site Just Giving (http://www.justgiving.com) and all funds raised go directly to Project Ability to help us buy materials and offer development opportunities in the arts to disabled artists and the wider community.
Our tutor John is currently training hard for his run in the Mighty Deerstalker race! His aim is to raise at least £300 for Project Ability, and thanks to your very generous donations, he has already raised £60.
Now it's even easier to sponsor him: all you have to do is text FITZ12 £10 (or £1/2/3/4 or £5) to 70070. You can also help by donating online here, or by handing cash or a cheque at the reception on the 3rd floor of Trongate 103.
Our Gallery and Exhibition programme has received a 3 year grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
We are delighted to announce that our Gallery and Exhibition programme has received a huge boost in the shape of a three year grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
This funding will help us to create more opportunities to exhibit work by artists with learning disabilities and others who find it difficult to access the art world and help us reach out to new audiences.
After last year's success in raising funds for Project Ability, Tutor John Fitzpatrick will once again be running the Mighty Deerstalker with a few friends on the night of the 17th of March.
The Mighty Deerstalker is a 10K turbo-charged roller coaster of a run. It's fun, it's fast, it's action-packed and it's as tough as you can bear (and it's at night!). The onus is on fun but this is also a serious challenge, involving off-road terrain, steep gradients and exciting obstacles.
Last year John managed to beat his target by quite a significant margin, and hopes to do the same this year with a new target of £300! You can help him do that by sponsoring him here, or by handing a cheque or cash at the reception on the 3rd floor.
Thank you all so much for all your generous donations!
The Mono event last Thursday was a great success, with great music from Danny Saunders of Correcto, and Lenzie Moss, who very generously accepted to play for our big event. Our pop-up shop was very successful, and we sold almost 300 raffle tickets! We had a brilliant evening, so thank you all for coming.
Thanks also to Stephen at Monorail for his continued support and his great DJ set! And thanks to all the organisations that very kindly gave us prizes for our raffle: Saramago at CCA, SECC, National Theatre Scotland, Cupcake, GFT, ArtStore and Mr Ben!
We now have raised almost £2300!!! This is a fantastic amount! Our target is £2500, and the appeal runs until the end of the year, do you think we can reach it?? Every penny counts, and all the money raised will go towards providing more workshops to more people.
Once again, thank you all for your support and your donations! And happy Christmas!
We are well on target for reaching our 2011 Xmas Pounds Appeal fundraising total of £2500. To date we have raised a staggering £1358 in cash donations and a magnificent £650 profit from the sale of our original xmas cards and calendars making a grand total of £2008.
We are accepting cash donations up to our close of business on Friday 23rd December and the BIG annual fundraiser complete with music, exhibition, pop-up shop and a RAFFLE !!!! is this Thursday 15th December at Mono from 8pm ‘till late. There are wonderful prizes to be won, and the money made through the raffle goes towards our Xmas Pound Appeal!
Please join us for a fabulous evening of music and laughter.
Every donation contributes directly to Project Ability’s original and innovative programme of visual art production and exhibition.
A great way to support us and help us reach the total of £2500 for our Xmas Pound Appeal is to join us at our big fundraising event at Mono on the 15th December from 8 pm. There will be music, art and laughter, as well as a raffle with great prizes, a pop up shop with original art work and a donations tin. We have now reached over £1060.00!!! This is all from cash donated in person and through text giving. (Text PABL11 then an amount up to £10 to 70070.).
Raffle tickets will be sold at the door on the night, £1 for one or £4 for 5. You could win one of these wonderful prizes:
- 4 tickets to see John Barrowman and the Krankies in the SECC panto Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates
- 2 tickets to An Appointment with the Wickerman thanks to National Theatre Scotland
- A meal for 2 plus a bottle of house wine at Saramago, the new cafe/bar in the CCA
- Vintage curios from Mr Ben
- 2 complimentary tickets to the GFT
- A voucher for 6 cupcakes at Cupcakes
- 2 Swedish weaved clothes of the Dala horse
- Framed drawing by a Project Ability artist
- £50 voucher to the ArtStore
A huge thank you to all the organisations that very generously donated a prize for our event!
Enjoy a good night out and know you are contributing towards a good cause!
This year, they will show Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, with John Barrowman in the title role of Robinson Crusoe and Glasgow pantomime favourites, The Krankies, as Captain Crusoe & Jimmy Crusoe! After the succes of their previous panto and their use of 3D effects, the show’s producers have created brand-new and even more spectacular 3D for this production! What a prize! Perfect to put you in a holiday mood!
Many, many thanks to SECC for their generosity!
Raffle tickets will be sold at the door on the night, £1 per ticket or £4 for 5.
In four weeks we have raised a massive £783.
This is a considerable amount of money and we are thankful to every person who has been kind enough to donate. This money will help us provide more visual art workshops and film classes to more people.
‘Gives you something to get up for in the morning, mixing with other people, gives you the opportunity to do things that if you didn't come you wouldn't take on” - participant on the Connect programme. Connect is our specialist arts and well-being programme for people with mental health issues.
“My seascape picture has worked out beautifully and I feel confident that I have achieved something.” – young person attending the Saturday Art Class.
You can help us reach our target of £2500 by donating money – cash, cheque or card or through JustTextGiving (text PABL11 £10 or any other amount of your choice to 70070), buying our original xmas cards and 2011 calendar, purchasing original art work from the gallery (Project Ability takes a 40% commission on all sales) and publications and gift items from our shop and coming along to our fantastic fundraiser on the 15th December at Mono.
“Keep up the awesomeness!” - Create participant.
We have reached a staggering £512.50 – in 3 weeks!!! We are truly grateful for every pound and pence donated, thank you.
Our xmas cards are also selling well. This year's top seller is without a doubt Skye McLaughlin’s “Birds”. There are only a few packets left. Well done Skye! All proceeds from the sale of xmas cards and calendars will be added to our Xmas Pounds Appeal helping us reach our target of £2500.
Click here to see how you can help!
We have received some fantastic donations this week, and after only two weeks the appeal has reached £300.00
If all of us were to give even just £1, we would have no problem reaching our target of £2500! Just text PABL11 £1 (or any other amount of your choice) to 70070, or click here to see how you can donate.
After the successful sale of books at last week’s First Thursday, Stirling Books have agreed to keep a stock of quality second-hand books in the shop through to the end of the Collected exhibition on the 19th November. Project Ability will receive a third of sales proceeds.
We really appreciate your support and all funds raised goes towards our year round arts programme of classes, workshops, exhibitions and events for people with disabilities.
Thank you all!
The Project Ability Xmas cards have arrived! We have three wonderful designs for you to chose from: 'Birds' by Skye McLachlan, 'Snowman' by Cameron Morgan and 'Penguins' by Ruth Much.
Each pack contains 10 cards and enveloppes, and are available to buy in our shop for only £5.
They will go fast, so make sure to buy yours soon!
25th October is the launch of Project Ability’s Xmas Pounds Appeal 2011.
We want your cash for Christmas! After last year’s success, our target this year is to raise a massive £2500!
Please don’t spend money giving us Christmas cards or gifts - sweets, biscuits or alcohol will be used as raffle prizes. We just want your money!
There are several ways you can give money towards our Xmas Pound Appeal:
• You can hand cash into the office.
• Or, send a cheque to Project Ability, Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD
• You can donate money safely on line, via WorkWithUs or via JustGiving.
• Or you can text us your donation via JustTextGiving! Simply text PABL11 £amount of your choice to 70070 (i.e. PABL11 £10)*
All the money we receive will go towards providing more opportunities to our participants: workshops, exhibitions, training and events.
We offer a fun, lively, internationally renowned arts programme for people with disabilities and mental health issues. From our youngest participant who is 5 years old to our eldest who is 90!!,
Help us give the best experience possible to our participants!
Many thanks from all of us at Project Ability.
* Project Ability receives 100% of funds donated through JustTextGiving.
Project Ability’s Create programme for children and young people would like to say a big thank you to BBC Children in Need for supporting our Saturday Visual Art workshops.
BBC Children in Need have offered continued support to Project Ability over recent years and have enabled us to provide a safe, professional artistic environment where children and young people with disabilities can explore, develop, learn and socialise.
Photograph: Pudsey and BBC Radio Scotland’s Bryan Burnett presenting the BBC Children in Need plaque to Project Ability, courtesy of BBC Children in Need.
Our very brave staff member John Fitzpatrick ran The Mighty Deerstalker 2011 this weekend, and made it to the end in one piece! Not only that, but he also raised a fantastic £324.91 for Project Ability!
"It was really tough. It ended up being 14K instead of 10K over all types of terrain. Road, mud, grass, scree, rivers, more mud, up steep gradients, down steeper ones, more mud, waist deep water....and all done at night. It was great fun.
We had a lot of support before and during the race, and I'd like to say a very big thank you and well done to everyone who sponsored us and helped us smash our target. Your support made every squelchy step a good bit more endurable. Thank you all very much."
Thanks to everyone who donated, and thanks to John!!
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