Milkmaid adds Artheads to the family
The Bury St Edmunds based Milkmaid organisation, which provides musical and artistic opportunities and activities for the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and for people with learning difficulties and mental health issues has adopted another local group.
Artheads, which supports people recovering from alcohol and substance abuse through art and music, and has a base at the Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, will now come under the Milkmaid umbrella.
Artheads previously had charitable status, but this has been wound up so that the group can officially become part of the Milkmaid Community Interest Company.
CIC managing director, Terry Walden said: ‘This is a great move for the Milkmaid as it allows us to expand our support for people with mental health issues. Artheads was struggling financially so we were particularly pleased to be able to step in to avoid possible closure, as this was far too important a group to let go. Now we believe the change in the management set up will help bring stability and a new energy to everyone involved.’
The Milkmaid is taking over the lease on the basement at the Leisure Centre and the plan is to make greater use of the resource with added art, creative writing, music and drama projects.
Artheads, which will now be known as Milkmaid Artheads, currently has around forty members who have free use of the group’s musical instruments and recording equipment. And new members are always welcome.
Terry added: The Milkmaid Mindset music group and the Artshead music group will merge but apart from that there will be no major changes creatively or artistically, except that it means a better and fuller service for all our users.
‘The Milkmaid’s whole ethos is to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people in trying to build a life that is both fulfilling and rewarding through the joy of music, art and performance. Everyone at the Milkmaid and at Artheads is looking forward to this new phase in our development.