Who We Are

Sonja Quirk Director – Founder, Facilitator

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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

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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.

Committee

Chair: Sonja Quirk – Secretary: Clare Isherwood – Treasurer: Jo Baines – Memebers Tim Isherwood, Jeff Edwards, Deiniol Williams, Alison Bradshaw.