Colour really can change lives

Connect 2 Colour founder Sally Webb stated that it does not matter if you are a teenager, a toddler, or a group of friends that are facing disabilities, she believes that everyone can benefit from capturing creative art on a canvas.

The Connect 2 Colour intiative was launched in the UK this month and offers a great way to foster connection and creativity as well as the process of communication via the use of colour and art on canvas. The programme will be made available to local charities, schools, local businesses, special needs, families, and local community agencies.

Webb says: “In the children’s workshops everyone learns the new skills together which encourages them to communicate with each other as they all learn something completely new and find a connection with the paint that is fulfilling and positive. It is also the perfect solution for a completely different sort of birthday party!”

One happy participant Lindsey Marriot said: “The whole family had a squirty, squeezy, swirly wirly, sprinkly, sparkly time. The result…..a fab work of art for our dining room wall – made with love and laughter!”

During its pilot stage for the last year workshops for autistic children showed improvements in the children’s fine motor and social skills, using the unique technique with paint, glitters, stones and other embellishments with not a paintbrush in sight. More poignantly in the initial public workshops, with a mixed age and ability group including both special educational needs (SEN) and mainstream children, observers were unable to distinguish two out of three children with SEN from the overall group and were also unable to distinguish between artwork produced by mainstream children versus children with SEN.

Webb says: “I have a brother with severe learning difficulties and a daughter with special needs, so at first I started the company really to be able to help the special needs community access art and communication in a completely new and unique way. I soon realized that actually the process was appealing to all sorts of different people including typical children and families and hence the business has taken off beyond my wildest dreams!”

Whilst the special needs community will always be dear to her heart, the key to the workshops for all children is her development of a technique that means you don’t need a creative bone in your body or a huge amount of physical ability to create a true masterpiece. On most occasions the children each work on their own piece of art to take home as a keepsake and where appropriate a collaborative piece.

Connect 2 Colour is already proving so popular that Webb has had to employ an additional four people and has plans to take the business nationwide in the future. First though, in true Webb style, she is launching her charity, ‘Connect 2 Colour Community Fund’, in June to ensure low income families and groups can access the Connect 2 Colour experience.

Webb continues: “Our motto is ‘transforming lives, one canvas at a time’ and we are so fortuitous to have seen this time and time again. The future is bright and extremely colourful!”