Noahs A.R.T. Celebrate Lottery Funding with Open Day

Noah’s ART, an innovative animal-assisted therapeutic service based in Dukinfield, are excited to announce an Open Day on 28th April 2018, 12-3pm at Loxley House, after being granted funding to help make our café a permanent fixture in Tameside.

 

For nearly four years, Noah’s ART have been delivering animal-assisted activities in care homes, mental health units and community groups. This type of therapy has been incredibly rewarding, allowing people to forget about their issues, even if only for a few minutes with the relaxation and overall joy being with animals brings. Noah’s ART have worked hard over the years to develop a service that helps people out of care homes and hospitals and back in the community.

Their Therapy Thursday service in particular helps build friendships and confidence, as children with autism, adults with mental health problems and people at various stages of dementia are welcomed to participate in activities together. This mixture allows people to become more tolerant and develop support networks.

In 2017, Noah’s ART trained volunteers from rehabilitation units in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation trust to help them run an animal-themed community café. Following this successful pilot project, funded by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Group, Noah’s ART are delighted to announce that they have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery “Awards for All” to make the community café permanent.

As part of the new Together Centre at Loxley House, Noah’s ART invite you to their Open Day on 28th April 2018 from 12-3pm. You can meet the animals and see the café space at Paws and Paints Pop Inn. Visitors will discover all the activities on offer, including a “Toast and Tails” breakfast club for pre-school children and parents, where stories are to be told about our animals whilst breakfast is being enjoyed, and afternoon activities like sing-alongs with local musicians and youth performers. If peace and quiet is preferred, the sensory room has shy and recently rescued animals.

The Big Lottery funding means Noah’s ART can offer training and work experience to members of the local community who are often overlooked. Work placements and volunteer opportunities for people with autism, mental health issues and learning disabilities will be offered.

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