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Best Practice – ARTHOUSE Meath
ARTHOUSE Meath is social enterprise which presents the skills and talents of men and women living with complex epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties. Over 70 artists work alongside instructors who enable groups or individuals to create artworks which are developed into designer products for sale. 100% of the enterprises revenue is reinvested to support ongoing development and provide opportunities for even more artists in future.
The income is allocated to support the activities and the target group. All work derives from the skills each artist brings to the enterprise and every contribution holds true value.
The ambition to dispel the stigma associated with epilepsy is central to The Meath’s philosophy. Through provision of social enterprises such as ARTHOUSE Meath, as well as access to a wide range of other activities and courses, The Meath aims to assist all residents to live alongside people from all walks of life, sharing similar experiences, hopes and dreams for the future.
The founder of this organisation, Becky Skeradah, says that the most of the people whom she worked with, did not think that they could make art. Now, the art work that the people are making is selling in 130 outlets in Britain, Dubai, Switzerland, France and many more. Becky believes that with a bit of help, people living with epilepsy and associated disabilities can reach their full potential and using their creativity and given skills, can succeed alongside their peers.
The majority of ARTHOUSE Meath artists are residents of The Meath Epilepsy Charity, a charity offering housing and quality support services for people aged 19 and over living with severe epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties. The Meath takes pride in the friendly and highly professional staff teams that provide assistance completely designed around the personal needs and health requirements of each and every one of its clients.
By providing services, the The Meath Epilepsy Charity is able to address the challenge that the people with epilepsy are facing: nobody knows when a seizure may happen. Without intervention some seizures can be life-threatening. All artists require varying degrees of support. Therefore it is imperative ARTHOUSE Meath offers a safe working environment with The Meath Epilepsy Charity’s expert support.
There are over 3 million adults living with learning difficulties in Britain. They gain a really good education and up to the age of 19, they are in school. When they get to the age of 19, really there is nothing on offer in terms of their daily life. People can be involved in woodwork, in ceramics, in so many different areas that can result in a really positive end product
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