Derek's Story

Derek has discovered how the arts allows him to keep busy and stay connected

As Derek has got older, he found that daily life had become more limiting and he was not able to get out and about as much as he used to. Derek knew he was at risk of feeling isolated and was looking for ways to get more involved with his community. By joining Creswell Gets Creative, a fortnightly arts group run by Junction Arts, Derek discovered an accessible place where he learns new skills, has met new friends and has found a sense of belonging within his community.

“It is difficult to feel close as a community as it grows and changes quickly. But this group gives us all a connection together.”

Now Derek has new hobbies that he continues to develop at home and a wonderful support network who have all kept in touch throughout lockdown.

“It’s always important to keep your hands and head busy!”

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