Sonja Quirk Director – Founder, Facilitator
I have spent over 25 years of my career in public, private and voluntary sector social care providers. I have worked with many client groups including older people, people with physical and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and with children and families. I have volunteered for organisations working for asylum seekers, homeless people and people who are HIV positive.
I qualified as a Social Worker from Salford University in 2007 and have continued my professional development through post-qualification training. I have completed training in counselling and safeguarding and have devised and run courses on Parenting Skills and Anxiety Management.
I am married with two young children and served as a Parent Governor and am an active member of the Parent Teachers Association at my children’s school.
In my previous role with the Local Authority, I was responsible for assessing people’s needs for services. Often only able to assist with basic care needs, there was a lack of funding available for social provision. Many people I assessed said they want a social group that is accessible and inclusive and gives people something fulfilling and interesting to do. I decided I wanted to do something about it I left Derbyshire Adult Care Team and set up Glossop Arts Project along with Clare and Deb Myhill – who returned to Research in 2015.
Clare Isherwood Director – Resident Artist
I have always felt passionate about art and creativity. I studied for a BA (Hons) in Art and Design and then gained a PGCE Teaching Certificate. I have extensive experience as a facilitator and teacher of art and design to an adult audience. I love visiting art galleries and exhibitions with my family as it allows me to teach my children to look at the world in a creative, inspiring way. I believe everyone has the capability to be creative, but lots of us don’t yet know it. We all have an innate need to express ourselves; learning new skills and testing ourselves aids positivity.
My family and I live, work and play in Glossop. I am involved in my children’s primary school Parent Teachers Association, where I enjoy baking cakes, organising events and socialising. I am also a local Early Years Education Governor, and I feel very strongly about education all the way from nursery to adulthood.
Let’s take a pencil for a walk and see where we end up!
Caro Millington Director
Caro Millington has been a professional artist for the past seven years. Before this she followed a long career in the BBC – as producer and then senior manager – with a stint in the NHS, chairing a Strategic Health Authority. Caro splits her time between Glossop and London. The hills of the Peak District provide much of the inspiration for her artistic work. She became a Director of GAP in 2016.
Chair: Sonja Quirk – Secretary: Clare Isherwood – Treasurer: Jo Baines – Memebers Tim Isherwood, Jeff Edwards, Deiniol Williams, Alison Bradshaw.