Yate charity which helps disabled people express their talent needs help to survive

June 25 2019
Yate charity which helps disabled people express their talent needs help to survive

IT is believed to be the only group of its kind in the country - but Photographers with Disabilities needs help to survive.

The Yate charity, which provides photographic equipment and access to workshops to people with disabilities, has just been awarded a £1,500 grant by the Wessex Water Community Fund.

But the money will go towards the rent of its accessible photographic studio in the Ridgewood Centre in Station Road, which is equipped to professional standards.

The charity offers classes, lessons in Photoshop, open sessions, photoshoots and photo challenges. There are currently members with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, and Parkinsons. The sessions are run entirely by volunteers.

An example of work produced by members of Yate group Photographers with Disabilities

Chair Margaret Henson said: “We are absolutely desperate and literally watching the pennies all the time. The grant will go toward the rent.”

Maragret said funding for charities is becoming increasingly difficult, with the National Lottery only paying to fund major projects not running costs and the level of grants available on the wane. The charity has one other branch, in Portishead, which has a rent-free room in a supported living complex.

An example of work produced by members of Yate group Photographers with Disabilities

Margaret believes that the work they do makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

She said: “One member who comes to Yate has learning difficulties. He has been coming for six years, and he’s gone from knowing very little about photography and being quite introverted to being a really big part of what’s going on.”

It gives a recreational and artistic outlet to people, it allows them to learn skills that otherwise they may not, and the social side is as important as the photography.”

Some of the people who go to the studio won’t leave their homes again for the rest of the week.

An example of work produced by members of Yate group Photographers with Disabilities

The charity does its best to keep costs as low as possible. Membership is £20 a year, and there is a £3 voluntary contribution per session. People without disabilities can also be members but are asked to share their skills and knowledge.

The charity would welcome volunteers to help run the sessions and assist with fundraising. It’s also looking for a treasurer. If you can help, contact Margaret at chair@photographerswithdisabilities.org.

An example of work produced by members of Yate group Photographers with Disabilities