Moments of Joy

What is Moments of Joy?

The transformative power of art and culture is in our DNA. Our founder, John Belcher, was so inspired by the BBC drama ‘Cathy Come Home‘ that he set up the then named Sheffield Family Association to support young homeless families.

Over fifty years later we are still committed to these principles; We want to give our customers the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish through creative arts. For us, happiness is as much a part of the life we want for people as a roof over their heads.

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Our latest round of projects has see us working alongside two local arts organisations, darts in Doncaster, and Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield, to deliver creative sessions in arts, dance and music.

Thanks to funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation we’ve been able to extend the project and offer sessions to 50 of our most vulnerable customers.


Doncaster Community Arts (Darts) have over 25 years of experience working with socially excluded people, and we were thrilled to have been able to work with them to provide a range of creative sessions over a 12 week period.

Our dance and music programmes were co-designed alongside young people from across the Doncaster area who have been referred by our Doncaster Social Prescribing service.


Yorkshire Artspace is a centre of excellence for over 150 local artists. They’ve been involved in engagement, education and outreach activities using visual arts and crafts for over 20 years.

We worked with them to co-produce a high quality crafts workshop with customers from our mental health services across Sheffield.

We also commissioned two ceramics artists from Yorkshire Artspace to work closely with customers in two of our extra care schemes. Customers were able to try their hand at designing and painting clay to create a piece of art work to be installed in their home.

See what everyone got up to!

Our sessions went down a treat with customers. All of the projects were really well attended and as you can see from the pictures below, everyone has had a great time!

What next?

Our sessions with Yorkshire Artspace and darts have now come to an end but we are really looking forward to future Moments of Joy projects.

Until then, you can visit the Millennium Galleries to view some of the artwork created by our commissioned artists (inspired by our customers). Their exhibition will be on display until the 1st October 2017.


Our past projects

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Open Cinema Cardboard Citizens Grow Maltby
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Community Journalists Social Housing Arts Network Browning Court: Grow With Us

You can watch this short film to find out more about some of our previous Moments of Joy projects.