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Arts for Health Resources is a single page which links to all our online content intended to support people through the pandemic period.

This includes music and art tutorial videos by our creative practitioners, the St George's Grounds Walk trail, downloadable arts activity sheets and links to our online Word and Art Galleries.

There is also a poster for staff to download which includes a QR code link to the resources page intended to support inpatient service users with smartphones to access our content quickly and easily.

Poster of Arts for Health resources with QR code

Service users, staff, familes and carers can all submit photographs of their artwork to our online ArtGallery. Email photos of artwork to Find out more on our Competitions page or visit the Art Gallery.

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Stop Pulling Me In by Kiah Ottwell / Owl by Vic Bulley / Corfu by Mikey D.

The Word Gallery is an online space for sharing creative writing by service users, staff carers and families of MPFT from the year 2020. Find out more including how to submit work, plus haiku and short story writing prompts at the Word Gallery.


Check out our series of video art tutorials available on YouTube. Projects include zentangling and contour hand drawing.

Artist Debbie Todd

These are mini art projects with step-by-step instructions from Debbie Todd, our resident artist on the Stafford adult wards. She has also created worksheets to accompany each of the videos and individual kits of art materials have been produced to support inpatient service users wanting to do the activities. The PDF worksheets can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Boxes of Art Kits   Contents of Art Kits   

The kits also include a QR code link to the videos so that inpatients can access those quickly and easily using their own mobile phones via the Arts for Health Resources page. This intervention has been designed to enable OT and Engagement Co-Ordinator staff to continue to offer art to their service users in a covid-safe way while groups are unable to run. We tried to make it as easy as possible for staff to grab and go with during this period when their time is often under additional pressures. 

Feedback from staff:

"We all think they are absolutely fantastic packs and such a great resource so we are really grateful for them. I think they will prove very popular." Steph Platt, Adult Mental Health OT Lead, St George's.

Local artist Mark Uttley supported art sessions for older adult service users and staff on Baswich and Bromley wards at St George's. The groups have created artwork for the summer houses and pergola in the garden which is shared by the two wards.

Artists drawing of a robin  Artists drawings of plants and flowers  Art materials and drawing of robin

In August, OT staff and resident artist Debbie Todd worked very hard to make it possible to recommence the much-missed Thursday Ward Art Group in the Therapy Suite at St George's.

2 art kits for ward art sessions

Ten sets of covid-secure individual art kits were created for the group to use and a host of covid safety measures put in place to enable a version of the group to run.

 Art materials and drawings   Art materials and drawings   Artists drawings   Artist with art materials and drawings

The group was put on hold again as covid cases increased, but we are looking forward to reinstating it as soon as we are able. Debbie has created a series of worksheets and video tutorials for people to access as an alternative while the group is unable run. See Art Tutorial Videos section of this page for more details.

Contents of Art Kit


Boxes of arts materials were distributed to selected wards at Redwoods and St George's so that service users have access to painting and drawing materials.

Art Boxes for the Wards   Art Materials from Ward Art Boxes

Following on from these, we developed individual activity kits with a booklet, poems and a small selection of arts materials for distribution to service users.

Pile of individual art packs   Contents of individual art packs

We also developed mini art project kits as an alternative to one of our art groups for times when that is unable to run, with worksheets, arts materials and a QR code link to supporting video tutorials. 

We have adapated our usual live music programme so that our inpatient service users can continue to experience the therapeutic benefits of music. We have been able to deliver this via a mix of remote live streamed sessions, recorded content and garden gigs. On our older adult wards, we have also been able to recommence live instrumental music indoors with covid-safety measures in place, fully supported by the Trust infection control team and individual ward managers.

Well done to all our musicians who have worked so hard to make all of this happen. 

Recorded live music sessions available for anyone to enjoy include:

Ashley Wall  

Gillie Nicholls - oldies

Gillie Nicholls - golden oldies

Sal Tonge

Musician Sal Tonge with ward staff     Musician Sal Tonge playing in ward garden  Musicians Hannah & Brian playing in ward garden

Summer garden gigs at Redwoods featuring Sal Tonge and Hannah & Brian.

Our Songs for You participants are being invited to take part in Ring and Sing in lieu of our usual face-to-face singing sessions for those living well with dementia in Shropshire and Staffordshire. They are being contacted by telephone for a chat and a song!

Musician Sal Tonge with Tesco Bags of Help logo and guitar   Musician Gillie Nicholls with Tesco Bags of Help logo and instruments

This walking trail around the grounds of St George's Hospital has been developed by Arts for Health. Signage is due to be installed soon and a route of the map is available now available: St Georges Grounds Walk

Grounds Walk map  Grounds Walk logo

Copies of poems and stories have been delivered to ward staff at St George's and Redwoods and we are also delivering some online reading sessions. 

Staff delivering online reading session

Here are a few links to some of the amazing online arts content which has arisen in response to the pandemic. These are external websites for you to enjoy and Arts for Health was not involved in creating any of the content.

Paintings in Hospitals

Hospital Rooms - Arts Activities

Tate Modern

Grayson Perry's Art Club - Channel 4

Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS 
01743 210048 / 07814 752783

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG 
01785 221328

Eleanor Babb - Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG

Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

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