The benefits of Art and Craft
If you listen outside the door of St Helena’s Art and Craft group, you hear laughter and chatting. The Day Therapies team welcomes people to the sessions at The Joan Tomkins Centre, and by the first cup of tea, everyone is creating.
To the group it’s much more than a community art class. Adrian Barratt (pictured above), who is living with cancer in his early 40s, explains:
“Coming here is two hours out of the whole week I can solidly look forward to. I know it’s going to be there. If I don’t feel like coming because I’m tired, I don’t have to. Everyone drags themselves here every week regardless of how they are feeling, because they enjoy it and they can focus. That’s what St Helena enables. It’s just two hours, I wish it were longer, but that’s two hours I can really count on.
“You’re waited on hand and foot and there is cake without fail! You are encouraged to do, and try, and being here takes away the difficulties you would have at other art groups. There are people here to help you. We’ve all got to know each other pretty well, we never stop chatting the whole time.”
Family Support Worker Mary Lenihan and Lead Chaplain Gill Moore run the sessions, with the help of volunteer hosts who keep the tea coming, and local artist Jean is on hand for technical advice.
The group provides a lively environment for people to receive support and they don’t have to have the skills of Picasso to go along!
“The common ground is both an interest in creative art and having an incurable illness,” explains Gill. “This powerfully breaks through any potential barriers of age, gender, social background or ability. It’s a safe, confidential space where people can be open and honest with their illness and be in a place of acceptance, understanding and kindness.
“After diagnosis people can experience a loss of interest in hobbies, and question their sense of purpose and meaning in life. This group offers an opportunity to re-energise and explore some of these issues in a new way.”
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