Partner Charities
Newlands Bishop Farm and Guide Dogs for the Blind

Newlands Bishop Farm

Since starting my business I have wanted to partner with a local charity to promote their work and provide support to their cause. The farm is based locally and is a magical place to visit as my husband and I found out when we approached the team recently to explore ways in which I might be able to work together! I will be providing artwork based on the farms animals to hang in their lovely café. I am already enjoying the challenge of capturing the characterful farm animals on paper - you can see my first two portraits of "Cheese" the cat and a very cute piglet on my portfolio page.

I will be making a donation to the charity from the proceeds of all of my commission based work and the artwork I sell in the form of prints and greetings cards. 

I am proud to partner with Newlands Bishop Farm, part of the Family Care Trust. Newlands Bishop Farm has an enviable reputation for offering real work activities, training and development for people with disabilities. They enable people to learn real work skills and study for qualifications that can deliver the confidence to enable them to move on to employment and volunteering in the community.

Newlands Bishop Farm offers a range of activities and experiences to visitors including:

  • Community gardening services

  • Horse and animal care

  • Horticulture

  • Fruit and vegetable production

  • In house training courses

  • Woodwork and Crafting

  • Café and hospitality

  • College courses

To find out more about Newlands Bishop Farm and the Family Care Trust please visit their website www.familycaretrust.co.uk

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK)

I initially built a link with Guide Dogs for the Blind through a local fellow dog walker who is a volunteer co-ordinator for the Solihull branch of the charity.  We got to thinking about how we could work together and we came up with the idea of a charity raffle with the prize being a pet portrait that I pledged to the charity. We ran the raffle over the last couple of months and the winning ticket was picked at the May branch meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Guide Dogs and approached them to see if we could create a charity partnership so that I could support them on an ongoing basis through my artwork. I am pleased to say the charity welcomed my offer and we are now planning future collaborations.

I will be making a donation to the charity from the proceeds of all of my commission based work and the artwork I sell in the form of prints and greetings cards.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss. The charity started its journey with he formation of their first guide dog partnerships in 1931. In recent years, the charity has expanded their services beyond their dogs to help thousands more people with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. The Guide Dogs charity provides support to people via a number of extremely valuable services including:

  • CustomEyes large print books

  • Access technology and grants

  • Education support

  • Family support

  • Guide Dogs

  • Movement Matters

To find out more about The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK) please visit www.guidedogs.org.uk

You can also find out how you can support the local Solihull Guide Dogs branch by visiting www.solihullguidedogs.org.uk

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