Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group
‘To give a sense of community, instead of isolation’
“Leon’s Art group has given me a reason to get up in the morning. It has given me purpose. It has been something to look forward to.”
– A quote from a thank you letter that Leon received from one of the people he has helped with his art group. This is one of the main aims that Leon works towards – helping his service users to find a purpose and structure again.
Who are Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group?
The group was founded around seven years ago by Leon, with the aim of helping people going through detox or rehabilitation by giving them a different focus and a sense of structure. Service users who attend the classes can spend a few hours creating their own pieces of artwork that they can then pass on to family members to help give them a sense of achievement and improve their confidence. Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group helps to give people suffering from addiction a feeling of being a part of a family again, which is something that might have broken down over time in addiction.
Creating a piece of artwork helps users to rebuild their self esteem. It is a safe place for service users to come where they are around people who are also going on a similar journey, and they can all support each other. Over the past seven years, Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group has helped hundreds of people on their journey to recovery.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
The money will be spent on sustaining the Friday morning art group at SummerHill House for up to two years by making sure that all costs and materials for this group are covered. Recent funding cuts has, unfortunately, meant that the running of this particular group in the future has now come under risk, meaning that people who use this service may lose that sense of structure that they so desperately need to help keep them on their journey to recovery.
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Where can people go to find out more about Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group?
Leon Gallagher, Art Teacher
Tel: 07707 922 095
You can find out more about Leon’s Therapeutic Art Group via Facebook.