Explore your creative side
Therapies to enable participants to explore their creative side and express their feelings.
Brush with Art
This informal group offers patients and carers the opportunity to rediscover their creativity through painting, drawing and collage. It creates a positive environment where participants can de-stress and forget about their illness for a while, and its social focus emphasises fun and relaxation.
These sessions help patients capture treasured moments from their lives in a poem or short piece of prose. These moments could be the memory of a special person or place, an evocative smell, or a few lines remembered from a song. The sessions help those participating to generate creative ideas which will build their confidence and provide a welcome distraction from their illness, or that of the loved one whom they are caring for.
Suitable for patients who would benefit from a focussed class which aims to restore their role and improve their self-confidence. The sessions help develop social skills in a practical setting. Benefits include reduced stress and anxiety levels, improved self-esteem and increased confidence in cooking skills. They also help maintain hand function and give patients a sense of achievement. Activities will be adapted where possible for disabilities and extra support will be given.
Therapy through Creativity
These creative sessions enable patients and carers to explore and express their feelings through creative media, such as meditative painting, mask making and designing treasure boxes. Patients and carers can find their own space, connect with others and discuss issues in a group setting.
Therapies through Nature
Suitable for patients and carers who are comfortable in a group setting, these sessions help increase energy levels and improve quality of life. Table-top workshops enable participants to create flower baskets, planters and herb gardens, for example, which can then be taken home or given as a gift to a loved one. Research has shown that gardening, or even simply spending time surrounded by nature, can help patients feel less stressed and improve their wellbeing. The sessions also give patients the opportunity to join in with an activity which they used to enjoy before they became ill. No experience of gardening is necessary to join this group, and patients can take part at any stage of their illness. These sessions are often referred to as Social & Therapeutic Horticulture.