Pimm’s and Pareo’s event raises £4,445

A unique fundraising event was held on Wednesday 12th March at the Restaurant Bar & Grill in Harrogate to support Henshaws.

The event was a fashion show with a difference; the models dressed in beachwear and lingerie, from Sheer Bliss UK in Knaresborough, stood on display whilst guests enjoyed Pimm’s and canapés.

A grand total of £4,445 was raised to support the new autism centre being built at Henshaws College in Harrogate which is due to welcome its first intake of students in September 2015.

Lisa Henshaws Fundraiser said: “Thanks to all those who supported the event, including Barclays who kindly match funded money raised on the night.”

The night was organised by the Henshaws Volunteer Events Committee who plan many events throughout the year including Henshaws Call my Bluff event on May 15 at Barclays Bank in Harrogate and Henshaws Golf Day on June 19 at Harrogate Golf Club.

For more information please contact Lisa Sherratt at 01423 799601 or email lisa.sherratt@henshaws.org.uk.

 

More support for assistive technology in further education

We’re excited to announce that Jisc have just agreed funding for DART (Disseminating Assistive Roles and Technology) 2.1. This project aims to improve the use of assistive technology to support students with disabilities in both mainstream and specialist colleges.

DART 2.1 builds on the previous work of two successful assistive technology projects and is again led by a group of specialist Colleges including Beaumont College, National Star College and Henshaws College.

The project will share expertise and assistive technology resources throughout the further education and skills sector, whilst also enabling more innovative Assistive Technologist roles to be created to support students.

You can read the full DART 2.1 press release and apply for support from assistive technologists at Henshaws, Beaumont or National Star here

The launch also coincides with the publication of a research report conducted by Natspec (The Association of National Specialist Colleges) looking at the value of assistive technology in further education. You can access the report here

Henshaws is delighted to be involved in this project to share the innovative work our College and others are doing to support students with disabilities to ensure that as many people as possible benefit.

College students excel at Special Olympics

Eight students from College took part in the Special Olympics Swimming competition in Beverley last weekend. The team were awarded a fantastic total of eighteen medals, as College Instructor Kelly explains:

“All swimmers represented Henshaws in a mature manner and supported each other well.  Competing against 12 other teams across Yorkshire and Humberside the boys managed to bring home 18 medals and a personal best out of a possible 20, an outstanding performance.”

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Celebrating diversity at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre

Diversity Awards Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre was honoured to host an unusual and special award ceremony. Di Lofthouse MBE, an Art Maker at the Centre and well-known disabled rights activist, gave out medals to people who might not usually receive such an accolade.

The ceramic medals and awards were all created by Di as part of an art project she’s been working on in which she celebrates the lives of those around her. She said:

“I wanted to give awards out to people who I think need celebrating. People often do amazing things but do not get recognised for this. This event was all about celebrating the big steps and the small. Sometimes the small steps are the greater.”

On the night, around 40 people received awards for achievements including ‘being a brilliant artist’, ‘helping so many people’ and ‘being a survivor’. Di explains why she nominated Art Maker Nat for an award:

“Nat has the biggest and brightest smile I have ever seen. He is happy go lucky and greets everybody with the same beautiful smile and politeness. He is a very happy man and his happiness shines through and spreads to everybody all around.”

Di first started working on the idea as a result of personal experiences. She was a gold medallist at the 1989 Special Olympics for table tennis, but her medals were later discarded by staff. As a keen advocate for disabled rights, she wanted to make artworks which turn a negative experience into a positive statement about the importance of recognizing often unnoticed everyday achievements.

From bringing a smile to someone’s face to being there for your family, being strong in the face of adversity or prejudice, or coping with pain and disability, Di’s work tells the tale of the extraordinary people we are surrounded by and asks us to look again at those we rub shoulders with on a daily basis.

Speaking afterwards, Di explained how much the event had meant to her. “It was such a fantastic atmosphere on the night, with people cheering and chanting. I hope that I’ve enriched people’s lives through bringing us all together to celebrate in this way. One of the Art Makers came up to me afterwards and said that they’d been having quite a difficult time recently and being nominated for an award had really helped them.”

Di’s Diversity Awards

Di Lofthouse scaled NEW31st January sees an unusual  and special award ceremony at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre in Knaresborough. Di Lofthouse MBE, an  Art Maker at the Centre and well-known disabled rights activist, has been working on an art project in which she celebrates the lives of those around her. She has been making ceramic medals and award certificates for those who might not usually receive such an accolade. “I’m giving awards out to people who I think need celebrating” said Ms Lofthouse “People often do amazing things but do not get recognised for this. We’re here today to celebrate the big steps and small. Sometimes the small steps are the greater.”

Ms Lofthouse first started working on the idea as a result of personal experiences. She was a gold medallist at the 1989 Special Olympics for table tennis, but her medals were later discarded by staff. As a keen advocate for disabled rights, she wanted to make artworks which turn a negative experience into a positive statement about the importance of recognizing often unnoticed everyday achievements. From bringing a smile to someone’s face to being there for your family, being strong in the face of adversity or prejudice, or coping with pain and disability, Di’s work tells the tale of the extraordinary people we are surrounded by and asks us to look again at those we rub shoulders with on a daily basis. The event will bring people from around the area and further afield together to witness just a few of these people who are receiving their medals and certificates from Di. It promises to be a meaningful and joyful night.