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, complex needs and autism by providing innovative, inclusive, creative learning experiences for them and the professionals who support them.

Coronavirus Response

We know how important it is for people to stay active, engaged and stimulated while our Lifelong Learning Programmes are closed. With that in mind, we’re 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. Please visit our Daily Activities page to take part! We also have free colouring pages, in line with our weekly theme, for you to download and print here.

We have a number of resources that are available to people who attend our Lifelong Learning Programmes; please get in touch for information on how to access them.

What we do

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We support adults and young people with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism 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, complex needs and autism are empowered to reach their potential


Our mission is to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism 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.