A Mytholmroyd pensioner’s art exhibition is not only showcasing his talent but also a charity’s mentoring project.
Arnold Ratcliffe, 83, who has always been a keen painter, is living with Parkinson’s Disease and is a stroke survivor.
His recent involvement in Scope’s Expert by Experience Mentoring project has lead him to fulfil his dream of having an exhibition of his work.
Twelve of his paintings, which feature local landscapes including Stoodley Pike and the Rochdale Canal, are on show at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax until Friday, September 20 and are on sale in aid of the Parkinson’s Society.
Arnold meets his mentor Ian Mcphail, also from Mytholmroyd, every week. They discuss composition and use first-hand sources and Ian’s photographs as inspiration for the artwork as part of the peer mentoring support service designed to support stroke survivors across Calderdale.
Mentoring co-ordinator Heather Barham said: “Expert by Experience is a great way for stroke survivors to work towards achieving their personal goals. Ian and Arnold’s partnership shows how a weekly meeting can really bring a positive difference to the lives of people who have been affected.
“We have an urgent need to recruit more mentors to the scheme across Calderdale. Specific skills and interests we are looking for include fishing, walking, family history, local history, creative writing and getting to grips with technology.”
A full programme of training is offered to anyone wishing to get involved, as well as on-going supervision and support to develop your skills. Places are available on the next training programme which starts on September 25 and runs for five weeks.
Anyone who has a commitment to supporting others to gain confidence to achieve their goals following a stroke and who has a couple of spare hours a week is urged to contact Heather Barham on 01422 367544 or email Heather.Barham@scope.org.uk