My name is Vinicius Les, and I’m an artist practising in fine arts and ceramics. I have been working as a tutor for Maxability since October 2015.
I met Anita Woolf when she was looking for a tutor for her courses. She explained everything she does at Flightways, and I was amazed to see a lady of her age with such vigour and such drive to do whatever it takes to provide an artistic environment and a social meeting-place of high quality. She offered her financial resources, her books, her art materials and, not least, herself.
Now after a few months in her employment, I have had the chance to get to know the whole group much better.
From my own experience of working with people with learning disabilities/difficulties and mental health issues, I can tell you that people interested in arts wouldn’t like to replace these kinds of social activities with anything else, such as bowling. This is not because they would not like those activities but because, for a creative person, artistic projects are the most valuable and enriching ways of spending time.
The people I meet at Maxability are highly passionate about the arts, their cultural projects and their social activity. They have a great drive to succeed in their work despite being disabled, and they don’t complain about their situation when a difficulty arises. I can see how Maxability is a vital part of their life, both mentally and physically.
I believe that Maxability is very important for disabled people in the Borough of Barnet.