This week we’re chatting (from home!) with Beth, one of Project Ability’s volunteers from the last block of classes. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who do the most amazing work with our artists.
Beth, in what workshop did you volunteer?
I volunteered in the Create workshops on Saturdays.
Why did you apply to volunteer at Project Ability?
After reading about the organisation, I wanted to support such a worthwhile community. I study Textiles at college and I am keen to expand my skills and to gain confidence in working with new people.
Has your experience lived up to your expectations?
Yes, and more! It has been wonderful to see the children and young people get excited about their artwork and have a supportive environment to create and learn in.
What have you learned from your experience in our workshops?
One of the best lessons was seeing the happiness the children and young people felt after completing a project. Art and creativity can help those with a disability or mental ill-health express themselves in such a wonderful way. It has been a joy to see people realise their talents and be proud of themselves.
Do you have a favourite Project Ability artist or art-work that has stood out for you?
It is not easy to choose from all the fantastic work. I loved seeing Judith explore so many different skills during the Create workshops. Judith’s ceramic giraffe, tote bag and hand-sewn tea cosy (that was also worn as a hat!) just show a range of activities the young people can explore.
Would you recommend others to volunteer with us?
Absolutely. Funnily enough, it was this ‘Meet the Volunteer’ feature that made me decide to apply. Volunteering at Project Ability is such a meaningful experience. And Tracy, the tutors, makers, and volunteers are all incredibly friendly and welcoming.