To support the preparations for Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made changes to the services we provide
Arts Materials for Wards
Kits of resources have been distributed for trial on selected wards at Redwoods and St George's so that service users have access to painting and drawing materials.
Downloadable arts activity sheets can be found in the PDFs section at the bottom of this page.
ArtComp becomes ArtGallery
Songs For You becomes Ring and Sing
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 will be contacted by telephone for a chat and a song!
We are working closely with our musical practitioners to explore possiblities of a mix of recorded content and live streamed sessions so that our inpatient service users can continue to experience the therapeutic benefits of music.
Well done to all our musicians who have contributed resources so far - links to their videos are available below.
Reading for Wellbeing
Copies of poems and stories popular with in our usual face-to-face inpatient reading for wellbeing sessions have been delivered to key ward staff at St George's and Redwoods.
We are have plans in place to start live-streaming sessions to wards for socially distanced group sessions where appropriate.
Local artist Mark Uttley will support art sessions for older adult service users and staff on Baswich and Bromley wards at St George's. The groups will be creating artwork for the summer houses and pergola in the garden which is shared by the two wards.
We are developing a collaborative creative writing project in partnership with a writer who plans to record writing prompts that can be shared with staff and service users.
External Arts Projects
Here are a few links to just some of the amazing online arts content which has been flourishing in the face of the current adversity. These are external websites for you to enjoy. Arts for Health was not involved in creating any of the content.
Grayson's Art Club (Also check out Grayson’s Art Club TV show from 27 April on Channel 4.)
Arts Activity Sheets
Please find below some arts activities for you to try in downloadable PDF format. Debbie Todd from Protean Art in Stafford who usually runs our Thursday art group on Brocton and Chebsey Wards has created some of these and the mental health arts charity Hospital Rooms have very kindly allowed us to share some of their resources here with you. We plan to add more to these in due course.