The VC Gallery has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All to support its arts project aimed at empowering individuals with learning disabilities.

This significant funding will allow The VC Gallery to expand its efforts in fostering creativity, inclusion, and personal development within the LD community.

The group, based in Pembroke Dock, will use the money to provide an Art project called ‘Fantasy World’ to people with Learning disabilities via a team of people with learning disabilities themselves and an Art facilitator.

The VC Gallery has been running since 2013 and now has staff and many volunteers. It was founded by Barry John MBE after a career in the Army; he recognised that ex forces members needed help transitioning back to civilian life.

The charity now runs daily art activities, for both the veterans and the wider community empowering people to have a go, become artists and even facilitators. Opening times at both hubs are Monday – Friday 11am-4pm and anyone is welcome to pop in.

Running every Tuesday from 9.30am to 3.30pm, this project works towards delivery by a team of talented artists with Learning Disabilities to create pieces of art based on their fantasy world ideas.

Barry John founder said: “We’re delighted that the National Lottery has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to the funding we will be able to press on with our third Learning Disability specific project based in Pembroke Dock, bringing organisations and our members together via an art project. This is important because it gives individuals with Learning Disabilities a chance to express themselves through art in a safe, warm, and welcoming environment. It will also allow individuals with Learning disabilities to manage the project themselves, encouraging the values set out in the West Wales Learning Disability charter.”

The National Lottery’s commitment to supporting projects that enhance the well-being and opportunities for diverse communities is evident in their decision to award The VC Gallery with this substantial grant. The funding will be instrumental in implementing a multifaceted arts initiative tailored specifically to address the unique needs and talents of individuals with learning disabilities.

The VC Gallery expresses its gratitude to the National Lottery for recognising the importance of supporting initiatives that empower and uplift individuals with learning disabilities. This funding will make a meaningful impact on the lives of those involved in the project, fostering a sense of belonging, achievement, and personal growth.

For more information about The VC Gallery and the funded arts project, contact: Steph, Project Manager, on [email protected] or 01646 685688