26 March 2020
Dear friends and supporters   Things are tough for all of us right now. Our lives are on hold while we all try to stop the spread of Covid-19.   It's concerning for everyone. But for our participants, this is likely to be an even more distressing time.   Venture Arts is where they feel they belong; it's the place they go to create, to learn, to see friends. For many of our people art is their life, and Venture Arts is where they feel happiest.   No one knows what the full implications for people's health and wellbeing will be yet, but we're hearing daily about the anguish that is being felt - the effects on long term health could be very damaging.  
"This is literally a life line for my son during this uncertain time. He has been very disoriented by recent events and your maintaining contact with him though this package of work will be invaluable to him." Chris Brown, Josh's mum
  We're doing everything we can to provide a service that directly combats the isolation people are experiencing right now.   The Venture Arts team has already started to:   • Prepare exciting creative projects for every participant to do at home. • Send art materials to their homes. • Use online software to connect with participants in face-to-face tutorials and chats.   Where video calling isn't possible, tutors will be speaking to participants on the phone. We are providing that vital connection, to reassure, and ensure that they can still be an artist and make great work at home. We need this to continue.
Will you help us combat isolation? 1
Will you help us purchase iPads and art materials for our people to ensure that we can give them what they need?
  With this equipment we can keep spirits, momentum and creativity up, for as long as necessary, until things return to normal.   Please give whatever you can to help our people get through this.  

Follow this link to our Emergency Fund

  We wish you well - stay safe and take care.
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