• IMPACT 2015


  • IMPACT 2015



Introduction by Florian Schweizer, NADFAS Chief Executive


NADFAS members are happy.

There is clear evidence for this, gathered recently in the first comprehensive study of the public benefits of our programmes. The fulfilment of our members’ fascination with and enjoyment of the fine and decorative arts is one of our key objectives, so we ought to congratulate ourselves on a job well done. For nearly five decades we have delivered, through a unique network of self-governed and volunteer-driven Societies, educational and heritage activities that have reached deep into communities. Our success is largely due to the thousands of volunteers on local, area and national committees who – through sheer enthusiasm and dedication – run our Societies and deliver extraordinary educational, artistic and heritage activities year on year.

Given the strong regional identities of our membership it is not surprising that the wider reach of NADFAS, and indeed of the Societies it represents, is not more widely known. However, there are many reasons why, as a charity, we ought to analyse their reach. Firstly, it is the sum of our contributions that gives a more accurate picture of an organisation that leverages national, and even international, public benefit. NADFAS as a whole has a profound impact on society that reaches well beyond its membership.

Secondly, charities can no longer afford to look inwards. Delivering lectures, volunteering and grant-giving cannot be categorically seen as being good unless these activities bring real, positive changes for our members and the public.

We need to look at our role in the wider community. If NADFAS wants to be a force for good in arts and heritage education we must take on new challenges and talk about the work we do in a transparent manner. This is not simply a statutory requirement as a charity but a reflection on whether we actually do what we set out to do.

The essence of NADFAS cannot be captured in statistics and a 20-page document. This report demonstrates, however, to ourselves and to others that NADFAS, this quiet and understated organisation – actually achieved much, much more than we take – and are given – credit for. We believe that everyone in NADFAS should take pride in what we achieve together, because the difference we make in the world truly changes lives for the better. 

“NADFAS is a community that wants more people to engage, to appreciate and above all to enjoy the arts and discover how it enriches all our lives.”



Our Story

reaching communities across the uk and beyond
  1. National Chairman June Robinson and Past Chairman Jill Makepeace-Warne (2012–2015) explain how NADFAS reaches communities across the UK and beyond
  2. We believe that arts education should be available to everyone. NADFAS Societies curate unrivalled programmes of art lectures, promoting access to unique cultural experiences
  3. NADFAS supports hundreds of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. Each Society brings together people who contribute to our local and national heritage and art scene
  4. For over 40 years Young Arts projects have engaged young people from all backgrounds with the arts. Projects range from creative awards through Artists in Residence schemes to working with marginalised young adults
  5. With most churches boasting varied and large amounts of heritage contents gathered over centuries, creating inventories is a hard task – one that NADFAS Church Recorders have embraced since 1973
  6. Being a member of NADFAS means being part of a community that is about much more than learning. Our programmes create opportunities to meet new people, experiencing the arts with confidence, getting involved through volunteering and developing new skills. Our Impact Report confirms: NADFAS improves the quality of life
  7. Churches are packed with heritage: fine and decorative arts, traces of past communities and people, tokens of religious and secular life. The meaning of this heritage is often hidden from modern visitors. NADFAS Church Trails provide accessible interpretation to help young people explore places of worship
  8. Support for the conservation and restoration of our local, regional and national heritage has been one of the cornerstones of NADFAS since its inception in 1968. Heritage Volunteers are trained NADFAS members who undertake a range of projects under the guidance of curators, conservators and other heritage professionals
  9. NADFAS has supported the development of arts and heritage professionals for many years. With growing concerns over the capacity of the sector to attract highly-trained specialists, our contributions are now more important than ever

“Why do the arts matter
in education at all?
The answer is simple: curiosity,
imagination, originality.”



Number of NADFAS Societies in the UK and overseas


Average number
of members
in a Society


umber of
NADFAS lecture hours
per year


different Societies participated in NADFAS training


young people across the UK benefitted from Young Arts projects in 2014


GBP amount spent
by NADFAS on
Young Arts in 2014


Societies (70%)
sponsored arts activities
for young people


Societies supported affiliated Young Arts groups with their young members

Heritage conservation

Real life

Arts education
projects that change lives for the better

NADFAS is involved in many life changing activites over the course of a year

Projects in 2014


projects completed in 2015


hours of volunteering time


£££s of volunteering value


grants given

supporting development

Grant giving

arts and heritage professionals
  1. Stone carving student, City & Guilds of London Art School
  2. Conservation student, West Dean College
  3. Textile Conservation student


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we can share the success and charitable objectives of NADFAS
Please help us spread the word.


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