Mike’s legacy will continue to inspire local youngsters

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THE Charity Trust in Leigh is less than two years old and one of its six areas of delivery is CreativeLEIGH.

In just over 12 months the talent that has been showcased from the whole of our wider constituency has been amazing and the six months long Festival of Art has been well subscribed to with terrific attendances and interest being shown. Trust In Leigh’s website www.creativeleigh.org/ graphically shows the wide content of art on offer and gives a feeling of the real joy that has been generated.

In many cases our focus has been on young people but we do recognise the therapeutic effect of art on people with mental health problems, dementia or social isolation.

We recognised some time ago in conversations with our partners, Curious Minds that we were lacking the involvement of a Creative Lead in our ambition to deliver quality Art.

We are delighted to announce that the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is funding an Arts Development Officer for two years starting at the start of 2016.

Trevor Barton MBE, Chair of Trustees for Trust in Leigh, said: “This fantastic grant is part of the legacy left to us by Mike Baker MBE who died in June.

“I’m sure his family will be delighted that one of his dreams that allows us to identify and develop the creative talents of our town, came to fruition.”

Elizabeth Costello, CreativeLEIGH’s lead, added “We have a wonderful group of volunteers that is still growing but there are some areas where you need the services of a professional.

“This most timely of awards allows us to obtain the services of such a person. We are in the process of drawing up person and job descriptions so the recruitment process will start very shortly.”

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. This is by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.