Arts centre and forest school for adults with learning disabilities, based in Cambridge
Creating art, Improving lives
Rowan is a vibrant, independent, registered charity providing an arts centre and forest school for more than 80 adults with learning disabilities living in Cambridgeshire and adjoining counties.
Since 1984 we have offered a safe, creative, and enriching environment where the arts are used as a tool to bring people together and tackle social exclusion. We develop the skills and potential of our students while improving their happiness, health and wellbeing. We also deliver much needed respite to families and carers.
Rowan provides a range of creative workshops in:
We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm, for 50 weeks a year. We arrange regular trips to theatres, museums and exhibitions to explore art and culture further.
In 2020 we launched Rowan Rangers, our new forest school which enables students to be creative and connect with nature.
We have a strong social enterprise ethos and accept large and small commissions from individuals and organisations. We also produce artworks and other items, such as our popular finger labyrinths, to sell online and at exhibitions and events.
In addition, Rowan runs a range of community art classes during evenings and weekends. You can also hire our venue outside our creative workshop hours.
It costs over £430,000 a year to run Rowan. We receive some income in student fees but rely on fundraising to cover the majority of our costs.
We believe that people living with a disability should have the same choice, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as others and with your support we shall continue to make that possible.
If you, or someone you know would like to join us – why not become a student at Rowan?