Tenterden DFAS was delighted to present its annual Young Arts Award to the Canterbury Oast Trust. Located near Tenterden, the Trust caters for adults with learning disabilities. The grant enabled it to buy a digital camera to assist with desktop publishing, including publishing the charity’s newsletter, and for its users to learn photography and digital animation skills.
The Canterbury Oast Trust supports young adults with learning difficulties , sometimes complex, to live more independently and take control of their lives. They operate a number of training projects which help to generate income to support their work including:
Rare Breeds Centre : a farm and restaurant open to the public attracting over 80,000 visitors per year.
The Mariners’ : a busy tea room in Rye, East Sussex.
Poulton Wood: a 28 acre woodland conservation project.
Rainbow Gallery: a vibrant art project which welcomes over 100 artists.
Plants and Produce: a horticultural project growing plants for sale to the public.
Our donation has been given to the formerly named Rainbow Gallery now renamed Art on the Farm. The new music system for their Sensory Room will complement and add to the individual’s experience of art and craft sensory experience. This is because the music that speaks to them can be programmed for their session. The Sensory Room is used increasingly by young people with complex needs who do not leave their homes often. Art and their sensory experience offer a huge boost to their lives.