The charity hosts regular multi-sensory workshops facilitated by Paper Birch. The workshops offer patients the chance to learn new skills, including activities such as painting, herb workshops, and making bunting. They take place in both Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, on the following wards: Witherow, Lewis Lloyd, Thistlethwayte, Albert, Neuro-rehabilitation, Lady-Skinner, 8-South, 8-North and 8-West.
Art therapy and rehabilitation
We're delighted to now bring art therapy and rehabilitation to patients in Paediatrics at St Mary's hospital, and the stroke wards at Charing Cross hospital.
In partnership with the Teapot Trust, a charity specialising in paediatric art psychotherapy, our children's services have access to a trained art therapist. Unlike our other arts engagement projects, this service provides medical art therapy which can help young people express and deal with difficult feelings using non-verbal communication.
Art rehabilitation, led by artist Emilie Salford, offers stroke survivors the opportunity to engage with art as part of their rehabilitation programme.
Since the start of February 2017, artist Fay Ballard has been leading a weekly creative workshop with dialysis patients at Hammersmith Hospital. Using art as a means to engage with patients, Fay offers patients distraction and interest during their dialysis sessions. Fay has documented her experiences on a blog: https://imperialhealthcharity.wordpress.com.
Art and wellbeing course
The six-month art and wellbeing course is a practical art course for outpatients. The location of the course moves around Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals, using the charity’s art collection to inspire participants to create their own works. The course aims to build patients’ confidence in creating art, whilst offering them a social activity and distraction from any health problems.
Participants have said that ‘the workshops exercise your mind and take you out of yourself’, and commented on how beneficial it is to be in an art group with people who also have conditions.
The workshops take place on the first Saturday of every month and each six-month course also involves an offsite trip.