Independent Arts became a charity in 1987 and promotes wellbeing for older people and vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight through community arts projects and by providing music, movement, art and reminiscence sessions to care homes.
“I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to be a Patron of Independent Arts, especially as both my wonderful brother, Anthony, and mother, Gloria, were keenly involved. Independent Arts exemplifies everything that is close to my heart. Improving health and wellbeing of older people through the creative arts is a perfect combination of my interests.
“I very much look forward to carrying on the family tradition of being an ambassador for this brilliant Island charity that clearly brings joy and connectedness to local older people.”
Kate Ball, Chief Executive of Independent Arts said:
“Edana’s mix of professional interests in social care, and in the arts, make her the ideal patron for Independent Arts. Her late mum and brother were a huge help to the charity in the early days. We’re thrilled to welcome Edana and will be inviting her to visit some of our community projects, such as SingAbout, our singing-for-wellbeing groups for older people.”
Other patrons of Independent Arts are Carol Martys, the original founder of the charity, and David Harris, a former long-serving trustee.
Find out more about the charity at www.independentarts.org.uk.