We have a Photobox kit which provides Activity Co-ordinators with the opportunity to do photography with inpatients.
The kit includes 4 digital cameras plus a Canon Selphy printer which instantly prints images taken on the cameras using the memory cards. It produces 6”x 4” colour prints – which can be used just as they are or put together as a collage. The participants enjoy the instant results with this printer – a sense of achievement – or an opportunity to improve their photography on the spot.
We run regular training for Activity Co-ordinators and AHP’s so that they are familiar with the kit and feel confident to use with inpatient groups. Sometimes images taken with the cameras are curated into exhibitions at our inpatient sites.
We have a number of tutorials and worksheets created for Arts for Health by local artist Debbie Todd (who leads our inpatient art group on the adult mental health wards at St. George’s Hospital).
Please open the Arts for Health YouTube Playlist to find a series of short, easy-to-follow art tutorials to guide you step-by-step through the worksheets we have available to download on our website.
The walking trail around the grounds of St George's Hospital, Stafford was developed during Arts for Health workshops in 2019.
Together staff and service users walked, talked, took photos, wrote poems... and came up with a walking route around the site for people to enjoy. The small matter of the global pandemic put the brakes on the project in early 2020, but work was soon resumed on the map and signage to guide people around the trail.
The arrow waymarkers are due to be installed any day so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, please do use the map below if you would like to do the walk.