We’ve been exploring how to make the centre more relevant to the people who use it through our programme and partnership with Artlink. Understanding how people like to interact with spaces, objects or people in the centre is fundamental to providing meaningful activity.

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Cherry Road staff have been working with Artlink artists for over 10 years with individuals with complex disabilities, building trust and gaining a glimpse of the rich sensory worlds we inhabit. These worlds revolve around the tiniest detail, in which time slows down and the simplest movement/sound/interaction becomes intensively captivating.

Through our work, we : –

• Learn from the intrinsic detail (touch, sound, slowed time) which fascinates the person with complex disabilities
• Create critical spaces for wider discourse, where the actions of the person with complex disabilities and ideas they inspire become alternate voices encouraging more enlightened conversations
• Inform unique and radical art practices in partnership with people with complex disabilities

Cherry Road staff collaborate with contemporary Scottish and international artists and musicians to create activity and environments which appeal to the personalities, and sensory interests of the people who use Cherry Road. Watch this short film to see a recent project to increase the enjoyment and participation in physical therapy sessions.