We recently were featured on the North Yorkshire County Council website who fund some of our projects.


Pioneer Projects in the Dales

People living in Craven are being given the chance to benefit from the work of Pioneer Projects, a community arts and wellbeing charity.

Based at the Looking Well studio in Bentham, Pioneer Projects is a community arts and wellbeing charity whose work is based on maximising the connection between creativity and health. Bringing people together to make, talk and share experiences through a range of creative activities can improve wellbeing, increase self-confidence and develop new skills.

Pioneer Projects’ activities meet the needs of a wide range of people. Everyone is welcome to join in.  Some sessions are specific to the needs of people living with certain long-term health conditions, dementia, and living status, such as unpaid carers. The sessions are artist-led and use 3D and visual arts; music and storytelling; cooking and growing vegetables; and movement and performance.

“Pioneer Projects’ work plays a very important part in helping us achieve our health and well-being priorities,” said County Councillor David Chance, executive member for Stronger Communities and Public Health. “The County Council funds some of its work through our health and adult social care budget and our innovation fund because their activities are designed to encourage friendships, promote independence, reduce isolation, prevent deterioration and foster a sense of wellbeing.

“This is very important as we are faced with an aging population, many of who live in rural areas and many of who have lives affected by dementia. At the other end of the age spectrum, their work with young people and the unemployed contributes to our commitment to improve outcomes for everyone.”

In addition to the activities at the Looking Well studio in Bentham, Pioneer Projects runs outreach sessions in Settle and Skipton. To find out more about what they do and the support they can offer contact Pioneer Projects on 01524 262672