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darts secures funding from The Big Lottery

£279,623 to continue successful creative work with adults living with mental health issues in Doncaster

darts (Doncaster Community Arts) has secured funding of £279,623 from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund to continue delivering Creative Directions – a five year project which uses art activities to help adults living with mental health issues in Doncaster.

Artists working on Creative Directions design creative activities to encourage self-expression, help develop new friendships, learn new skills and ignite new passions.


We're very happy to receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund for this much in demand project which responds to people's individual skills, talents and abilities and allows darts to build and develop its expertise of working with adults facing mental health issues.

The workshops are free to any adult experiencing mental health difficulties or feelings of loneliness and stress. Since Creative Directions started in August 2015, artists have worked with 204 people who experience a range of mental health issues.

Mark Ward has been attending Creative Directions for 19 months and the story of his personal experience was part of the successful funding application to the Big Lottery Fund.


I feel fortunate to have lent my support and voice towards the funding bid - I can state from my own personal experience how important Creative Directions is - not just for myself - but for so many others. Creative Directions provides a vital avenue for people with a wide scope of support needs to get involved and feel part of a community in a diverse creative setting.

Creative Directions runs every Wednesday at The Point on South Parade and is open to anyone over 18 years who is experiencing mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, stress or feelings of loneliness.  In the mornings people are invited to join us for a cup of tea and drop in creative activities or to come to our artist-led sessions between 1.30-3.30pm. Lately the group has had a go at recording their own songs, creating short films and making new art work.

No experience of the arts is needed. Everyone is creative and capable of expressing themselves in their own way. Anyone interested in joining the group can just come along to the next session or contact Amy Knowles at The Point on 01302 558041 or email

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