We work closely with East Street Arts to provide service users with an opportunity to enjoy making a range of art works using many different techniques. Encouraging creativity in this way has real benefits and participants report an increase in confidence and self- esteem as well as improved mental well- being.
The informal and fun atmosphere of the group sessions encourages interaction and opens up a pathway for conversation and discussion. This positive social interaction is important as it alleviates feelings of anxiety and loneliness. Participants are encouraged to express themselves creatively and the “hands on” experiences of working with materials as varied as metal, wood, tiles and textiles has proved very therapeutic and a real escape from difficulties of everyday life.
Participants have created large scale mosaics as well as textile wall hangings and framed pieces that inspire other service users with their positive messages of hope and change. The subject matter for our Art works originates from their own experiences and enables them to explore feelings through a range of media. Our work around a rainbow theme arose from discussions about experiences and the comments “It’s like a rainbow - You can’t have a rainbow without rain – sometimes something beautiful can come from the good and the bad”
“I’ve enjoyed learning different things – I liked the printing using everyday things like string and the tutor made everything fun”
“I have always enjoyed drawing, but these sessions took it to another level - I am really proud of my contribution to the corridor Art works”
“I liked making the garden wind chimes best – I had to really concentrate, but the end results were worth it!”
“Making the mosaic together was great and we achieved a lot as a group”