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Celebrating success of Singing for Breathing
A pilot project for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions has been successfully completed. 
SingAbout: Singing for Breathing was delivered by Independent Arts in partnership with the Respiratory Team at St Mary’s Hospital, Breatheasy and Healing Arts. The pilot project was funded by My Life A Full Life. Delivered as a rolling programme, participants who were referred by respiratory clinicians attended sessions for 12 weeks.  

Caroline Ash, Project Manager said, “The singing for breathing project has proved to be hugely popular with those that attended. All of our participants have noticed an improvement in their overall wellbeing, with many citing increased confidence and improved ability to self-manage their respiratory condition. All the feedback we have received regarding the project has been incredibly positive and we are keen to deliver more Singing for Breathing sessions in the future.”

Running from October 2014 to June 2015 the pilot project was delivered over nine months, taking place at the Respiratory Gym at St Mary’s Hospital. Independent Arts and the project partners now aim to secure funding to deliver more Singing for Breathing sessions in future.
Schools crack the code of afterWARds project
We are thrilled that the afterWARds project has been successfully launched. The intergenerational creative arts project is designed to enhance public understanding of the impact of war on the lives of service personnel. Following reminiscence work with veterans, Independent Arts has delivered practical workshops to Key Stage Two pupils in five primary schools on the Isle of Wight. The workshops allowed the children to explore Morse Code, Semaphore and decipher codes through the text of the Michael Morpurgo book War Horse, as well as participating in a variety of additional code breaking exercises.
Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant, the project supports participants to create video diaries, written work, and photographic life stories, which will be featured in a public exhibition in Spring 2016.

Photo below left to right: Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White and Councillor Ian Ward presenting a cheque to Independent Arts trustee Wendy Varley, with Isle of Wight High Sheriff Ron Holland, Isle of Wight Council Chairman Councillor Charles Chapman
Creativity continues on a Monday 
Independent Arts is delighted to report that the Creative Café has been granted funding by the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation enabling the weekly sessions to continue until September 2016. During the past five months we have had an exciting range of activities including singing for wellbeing, chair based movement, Get going with iPads, and art & craft.
During the course of the summer we will be offering a wider range of activities including digital photography and creative writing. 
Creative Café is every Monday 10am – 12 midday at the Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street in Newport. It is free to attend and refreshments are provided.
For more information, or for a timetable of activities, please contact us on 01983 822437.

The participants have created felt bookmarks, crochet flowers, paper crafts, and painted coasters during the art & craft sessions. (Pictured left.)
Fundraising Focus 
Thanks and congratulations to Caroline and Mark Pengelly and friends who chose to raise funds for Independent Arts by cycling around a blustery Isle of Wight on 3rd May. It was the 25th anniversary of Caroline and Mark's meeting on the Isle of Wight, and their romantic Randonnée was featured in local press and radio.
The 100km route took cyclists around the Isle of Wight through checkpoints in East Cowes, Wootton, Bembridge, Alverstone, Whitwell and Yarmouth.

"We have known of the work of Independent Arts for many years now, and feel that the work that the charity does is invaluable for older people across the Isle of Wight. When we were talking about undertaking the Randonnée and getting sponsored, Independent Arts was top of our list of charities we would like to support.” - Caroline Pengelly
The couple have currently raised over £2600 enabling the charity to continue to reach vulnerable people in the community through engagement in the arts and creative activity.
Festival Ticket Fundraising
Congratulations to Vicki Barber from Cowes who scooped a pair of weekend camping tickets to the Isle of Wight Festival in our prize raffle. The lucky winner enjoyed the likes of Blur, Fleetwood Mac, and The Prodigy at the 2015 event held at Seaclose Park, in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Thanks to everyone who took part in our prize draw and a huge thank you to festival promoter John Giddings and Solo for donating the tickets. £676 was raised for Independent Arts, which will go towards supporting the charity's community arts projects.
Chair of trustees Wendy Varley present the wristbands to raffle winner Vicki Barber (pictured right)
We are delighted to announce the launch of our iCreate strand; a supportive service for other charities and not for profit organisations. Creating evaluation reports, video and memorable design work can seem overwhelming for small organisations with a limited budget and time. Independent Arts has a wealth of experience and can support organisations to stand out from the crowd whatever the size of their budget. 
For more information about the iCreate service drop us a line on 01983 822437 or email
Current Vacancies 
We are looking for session leaders for our established Island-wide SingAbout project and due to increasing demand of our Workshops for Wellbeing we are looking for additional freelance staff. To find out more visit our vacancies page here.  
Seeking Creative Trainee 
Independent Arts is currently recruiting for a Creative Trainee to work with us during the summer of 2015. We're looking for a creative young mind that is passionate about the arts and keen to gain experience in a vibrant arts organisation working on our range of community projects as well as developing administrative skills. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be aged between 19-24 and Not in Education, Employment or Training.
For more information including how to apply visit our website or call 01983 822437.
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