Purple Patch is a creative partner of the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. As a partner we are part of a growing infrastructure of community organisations who are working with the local NHS to provide creative projects for people who use Trust services. We deliver weekly projects which people with learning disabilities, and short term projects that address gaps in services.
"Through my independent evaluation, it is clear that the approaches used by Purple Patch Arts to deliver public health education is having a positive impact on the lives of people with a learning disability. Policy makers, commissioners and public health practitioners can learn so much about delivering public health initiatives to both people with learning disabilities and the general public by using the Purple Patch approach"
Action Towards Inclusion
The Action Towards Inclusion project, part of Building Better Opportunities, aims to provide support to the most disadvantaged groups in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding who are furthest from the labour market and who experience significant barriers to work. We're working with people who are unemployed or economically inactive and who have an interest in working in care, supporting them towards employment by offering disability awareness training, placements on our North Yorkshire programmes and projects, and support with CV writing, application forms and interview skills.
European Social Funding
We’ve delivered a number of programmes funded by ESF through the Skills Funding Agency, aimed at removing barriers to education and training. Our current ESF programme is working with groups in and around Harrogate, Skipton and Selby Libraries, using sensory stories to increase confidence, communication and life skills.
Health Education Programme
We were funded by Leeds South and East CCG to develop and pilot a health education programme for people with learning disabilities. The programme uses a creative and interactive approach to cover topics such as weight management, healthy eating, improving mental health and attending annual health checks. The pilot was independently evaluated by academics from the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds. Following from the success of the pilot we’re now running the programme in Calderdale, with funding from Calderdale CCG, and in York and Selby with funding from Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Innovation Fund.
Time to Shine
We're currently working with Health For All on a Time to Shine project, aimed at addressing social isolation amongst older people with a learning disability. Purple Patch will be using our reserch experiene to provide support on gathering data using creative approaches.