A COMMUNITY Interest Company is calling on the community it serves for their help in creating a permanent home.

Chapel Creatives was set up two years ago to provide free creative activities to people of all ages and abilities to aid good mental health and wellbeing.

In that time, the company has taken its therapeutic creative activities to a variety of locations in and around Ross-on-Wye whilst on the look-out for a permanent home.

Now, founder Mary Deaville says, the company has a real chance of an affordable premises at The Barrel on Brookend Street, which will enable them to expand the services they offer.

"We want to create safe space for all people to come and relax while doing creative activities," she said.

"This can include anything from painting to pottery or writing to knitting."

If successful in obtaining the former pub, the group plans to hire out studio space to local artists and craftspeople, who will help to deliver a range of free creative workshops to people suffering from mental distress.

However, before the project can progress, plenty of work will need to be done to prepare the building as a usable space for creativity, and Mary is appealing to local tradespeople to pledge their help in renovating the space.

"We need a local DIY SOS project to help us turn this old pub into an all access creative arts centre.

"We only have a month to let the landlords know we want the building, so time is short."

Anyone interested in learning more about Chapel Creatives or in offering their help and suggestions is invited to an open meeting, which will be held at The Venue, Hill Street, Ross between 3pm and 7pm on March 23.

Alternatively, visit the Chapel Creatives Facebook page or contact chapelcreatives.cic@gmail.com