York based charity, Accessible Arts & Media has received a donation of £2,000 from the Pavers Foundation on behalf of Stuart and Rachel Paver.
The charity runs arts and creative media learning projects in the York, attended by those who often face difficulty with everyday activities, including disabled adults and young people, older people with dementia and people with mental health problems.
Accessible Arts & Media run a wide variety of fun, inclusive and creative projects, including singing and signing choirs, specialist sensory activities and arts and crafts activities.
The donation of £2,000 will be used to support the Hands & Voices Choir, one of the first ever singing and signing choirs in the UK. The choir was established to help people with learning and communication difficulties to take part in music.
Stuart Paver, Managing Director of Pavers Shoes said:
"Rachel and myself were amazed at the joy that was evident on the faces of all the performers when the hands and voices choir performed at a musical event we attended.
It is certainly a bright spot in the week when the singers and their carers all get together to practice their singing and signing. They are a true joy to watch".
Kirsty Halliday, Development Manager at Accessible Arts & Media said:
“We're incredibly grateful for the support of the Pavers Foundation. Your donation will support Hands & Voices, our inclusive singing and signing choir for adults with learning and communication difficulties. Hands & Voices are a real positive force to be reckoned with - if we could bottle up the magic that happens when they get together and give everyone a small dose every day, we think the world would be a better place!
Thanks to your support, the choir members can keep on singing, signing, laughing and learning together for the next year, and that's incredible. Thank you”
To find out more about the Hands & Voices Choir and Accessible Arts & Media visit www.aamedia.org.uk.