As part of the Aldingbourne Trust, we have our Creative Arts Studio at No 73 Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis, which gives the people we support the opportunity to express themselves and learn new skills in a creative and friendly environment.
Art is an important form of expression as it transcends communication barriers, with experienced instructors and volunteers the Creative Arts team assist artists in developing their skills from painting and drawing, to printmaking or textiles.
One of the people we support, Peter Spencer is a very keen illustrator who attends the creative art classes, and he has been nominated for The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders List for his outstanding contribution to art. The winners of the awards will be announced later this year in December.
Peter has Tourettes, which can make him both excited and nervous, but he loves to use his imagination and writing stories. Peter has already written and illustrated his first children’s book ‘The Bluegaloo’, which he created with a little help from his family and friends.
Peter says “When I was a young boy I read lots of children’s books by many famous authors and have always wanted to write, dreaming of creating many wonderful and fantastical creatures”. He wants to be able to write stories for children and young adults around the world.
He says he could never let anything get in the way of his dream of becoming an author. “It is important that you too keep your eyes and ears open and one day you might get an idea for your own story and make your own dream come true”.
He likes to help other people to deal with their speaking and learning disabilities and enjoys giving support and friendship, hopefully helping them to achieve their own dreams. He is also currently helping the fundraising team by drawing illustrations for their charity cookbook.
If you would like more information about our Creative Arts Studio, please visit www.aldingbournetrust.org/creative-arts, and to find out more about our award winning charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to live the lives they choose.