April 2023 Newsletter


We recently had a visit to our Young person’s Friday Mind the GAP session from Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan alongside Labour Councillor Damien Greenhalgh and Labour parliamentary candidate for High Peak Jon Pearce. It is extremely important for us as a small CIC in the voluntary sector to have recognition of the work that we do from people who can help to make the changes so desperately needed in mental health services. Please check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GlossopArtsProject/ for the video.


On 11th March 2023, we had a stall at the Friends of Victoria Hall Spring Craft Fair. As usual GAP showcased their beautiful handmade products, made by many of our wonderful participants and volunteers. As ever we had our tombola which is a great hit for young and old visitors! We raised much needed funds to continue the work we do 😊 As ever a huge thankyou goes out to our volunteers, we simply couldn’t do it without you x

New!! – STOP GAP

Glossop Arts Project now offer a six week course (six 1hr sessions) of Arts for Wellbeing for groups of up to 8, called STOP GAP which we deliver in schools. The course is for children or young people who might be struggling with things like anxiety or low mood, lack of confidence or self-esteem. It gives them chance to STOP and take time out to be creative. It can also provide a STOP gap while waiting for other services or a space at our weekly community sessions. The course is based around the idea that being creative is beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. Using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, participants explore various arts and crafts activities, while thinking about how they might use the ideas in their own time to improve their mental health.

We have now delivered this session to both secondary and primary school aged children and young people and the feedback has been really positive – participants have said things like “I think the doodling will help me with my wellbeing“, “sketching and drawing help me relax my brain“, and “amazingly amazing, I think it will help me at home“.

Exhibition @ Glossop Train Station

A huge thank you goes to all the hardworking volunteers at FOGS (Friends of Glossop Station) who do an outstanding job of keeping our station looking clean and wonderful throughout the year and putting on such diverse exhibitions of our local talent Neil, John, Antony and all the team we salute you! Check them out at www.friends-of-glossop-station.co.uk.

Following is a statement from Elle about the exhibition:

The photographs you see here show a project that the groups worked on over a half-term. They started with the brief ‘Make a Creature’.

Young People used wire first to make an armature, then used foil and mod-roc to build upon the wire. Once the mod-roc was dry the Young People were able to use paints, and fabrics to bring their pieces to life. The imagination and variety of creatures created is wonderful!!

Good Luck Lucy!!

We have been so fortunate to have Lucy as part of our team for the last 5 years and whilst we’re sad to see her go, we’re so excited for her new venture and to see her shine like the wonderful star she is. We wish her all the success she deserves and thank you Lucy for being you, always part of Team GAP.

Art Therapist Lucy Wainwright

I started training as an art therapist in Sheffield in 2016, and was lucky enough to come to GAP on placement in 2017. GAP was a little smaller then, but just as big-hearted and enthusiastic about art, mental health, inclusion, and tea and biscuits, as it is today. GAP’s mixture of art and community is one of the most powerful things I know for real support and wellbeing.

Because of the passion of its staff and volunteers, GAP has enabled hundreds of people to experience dozens of different art techniques over the years, from painting to printing and from ceramics to engraving, and I’ve been privileged to support many of the participants with additional one-to-one art therapy.

I came to GAP as a trainee and stayed after I qualified, and I’ve learned so much from everyone I spoke to and spent time with. While I’m sad to leave, I am excited to move into private practice as an art therapist and eco-therapist in person in the High Peak and online from anywhere. Read more at www.innerlandscapes.uk or look for me at Riverside Wellbeing in Whaley Bridge.

My gratitude to everyone who spent time with me in The Room. My thanks to Sonja, Clare, Rhoda, Elle and all the volunteers over the years. I’ll miss you.

GAP, as of the middle of April are now working with an art therapist and a councillor for the continuation of this much valued service.