The Little Art School Trust, shared the love in 2016 with their team of enthusiastic, empathetic and talented staff delivering drawing and painting classes every week in their art studios, nursing homes and communities.
The love continued to grow as these projects which were designed for, but not exclusive to, people living with dementia, they're now reaching out to individuals who are elderly and isolated/vulnerable in local communities.
They cannot begin to tell you how well received these classes are, in reducing isolation, increasing confidence and a sense of identity for individuals - the pride experienced by some of seeing their work displayed in their care home is very humbling.
Below is a picture of Morag Shirley who won the Crossreach Christmas Card competition with 'The Round Robin' that she drew in one of their classes.
If you need anymore proof here is a picture of husband and wife team Bill and Cath who regularly attend a class within a local care home in Ayr. Just look at the joy on their faces and the love they have for each other!
A highlight for The Trust in 2016 was winning Alzheimer Scotland's Dementia Award for 'Best Innovation in Continuing Care' validating the structured art classes that they deliver to people with dementia.
As Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland, said "Innovative projects like this inspire hope and remind us that age or a diagnosis of dementia should never be a barrier towards growing and developing new skills and improving our sense of wellbeing and personhood."
For 2017 they want to continue to share the love by maintaining their current classes but also expanding five-fold into more care homes to reach more people living with dementia and the elderly who are vulnerable/isolated.
They are also delighted that St. Andrew's University is currently undertaking scientific research based on their structured art classes and looking at ways that art benefits those with dementia.
So, with all this in mind, please
share the love with them by donating to their Trust on their Just Giving