Creative studio a hit

The Newton Stewart Activity and Resource Centre is offering a creative, innovative and inclusive service. The Cree Studio within the centre allows people with learning disabilities and autism-related conditions the chance to take music, film, photography and animation to a different level.

The studio uses specialist equipment and resources to support people in a variety of activities from learning to play the guitar and releasing energy on the drum kit to singing and filmmaking.

Unit Manager Paula Herries said: “One of the more popular activities to do in the studio is working with animation; this offers creative opportunities to communicate through software which suits all abilities. Supported people are fully involved in making short films of their choice, demonstrating a clear message through their animation and developing their knowledge on their chosen subject, use of technology and effective communication.”

This service has received very positive feedback from individuals and groups about the effect the studio has on their lives. It also received praise during a recent inspection by the Care Inspectorate. Inspector Susan Nicoll observed some of the impressive work that has been produced which included an animation promoting keeping safe.

She said: “The Cree Studio provides great learning and development opportunities where people can take part in creative experiences. The technology can be used to remove barriers and supports people with communication using different mediums. We were also pleased to see the studio supporting Playlist for Life and working with others in the local community to create a playlist of meaningful music for people to enjoy.”