The go-to specialists for innovative, inclusive, creative learning experiences.

Who we are

Since 2009, Purple Patch Arts has existed to improve the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities and autistic people by providing innovative, inclusive, creative learning experiences for them and the professionals who support them.

Covid-19 Update: Our Lifelong Learning Programmes will reopen on Monday 21st June.

In the meantime, we know how important it is for people to stay active, engaged and stimulated, so:

  • We’re running 15 group Zoom sessions a week – as well as our adapted Lifelong Learning Programmes, we’re also running music, drama, literature, movement and visual art Zoom sessions every week.
  • We’ve been posting daily activities on our website, in line with our weekly theme; you can do them all at home, using resources that you should be able to find around the house and garden. We won’t be posting any more while we get ready to reopen, but there’s lots to try out on our Daily Activities page!
  • Our fabulous Programme Leader Lorna has been illustrating some beautiful colouring pages to go along with our weekly theme. You can see them all here. They’re free to download and print as many times as you want!
  • We’re running a Zoom disco on the first Thursday of every month from 7pm – 8.30pm. Join DJ James as he spins some classic tunes!


For more information please contact Bronia:  / 077250 41801 or Melanie:  / 077301 44934

What we do

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We support people with learning disabilities and autistic people to engage with new experiences and reach their full potential.

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Our experienced staff provide inclusive, fun, informal learning opportunities that are designed to be accessible to all.

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We use The Purple Patch Approach, which includes creative methods such as art, drama, music, movement and multi-sensory activity.

Why we do it

We believe that everyone should have access to meaningful learning opportunities that are fun, exciting and engaging.

Our innovative approach means that we can work with a sense of adventure, adapting to the needs of our participants and creating environments where people can thrive.

People are supported to enjoy learning, to express themselves creatively, to build social connections and to challenge themselves and the preconceptions of others.

What are you looking for?

Lifelong Learning Programmes

We run Lifelong Learning Programmes in community venues across Yorkshire. We explore a wide range of different topics that engage and challenge, while working with participants to develop their confidence, independence, communication and social skills, and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

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Projects and Partnerships

We regularly work with day services, supported living providers, libraries, Universities, schools and other organisations to deliver short term, funded projects that meet specific outcomes. We actively seek grants to fund a wide range of projects, or organisations invite us in to provide specialist training, consultancy and workshop delivery.

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How to donate

As a charity, receiving support is hugely important in making sure we can continue to deliver our life enhancing work. We keep our programme fees low so that we’re accessible to as many people as possible. This means that we have to find money from elsewhere to subsidise the costs, and your donations play an important part in that.

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Vision, Mission and Values


Our vision is a world where people with learning disabilities and autistic adults are empowered to reach their potential


Our mission is to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people across Yorkshire to thrive through engagement with innovative, creative lifelong learning



We recognise and respect the intrinsic value of every individual.


We share belief, excitement and determination.


We embrace exploration, discovery and self-expression.