Our direct work has included key partnerships with a variety of bodies including: the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill, Glasgow), Gartnavel General Hospital (Glasgow) and the Family Centre in Ayr. Our current projects include:
Department of Child and Family Psychiatry – Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
The Arts Therapies have a vibrant and well established presence in this unit, with 1:1 and group Art Therapy sessions available. Both sessions are well integrated into the ward programme, with comprehensive notes from the sessions going to weekly team meetings.
Art Therapy gives children an alternative mode of expression with which to communicate. The feedback from Creative Therapies contribution is well valued in team meetings as it offers a deeper understanding of the child.
Cardiology Unit – Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow
This is Glasgow’s in-patient unit for young people with cardiac conditions. Sessions have been successfully running since 2011, staffed by Creative Therapies and clinical staff within the unit. We run 1:1 and group sessions.
Art therapy is an established way of helping children to cope with long term medical conditions. It provides a way of expressing and dealing with difficult emotions and feelings, helping the children gain confidence, feel more in control and cope with their condition.
An exhibition of work by the children was on show at The Creative Space, G Block, Western Infirmary from the 7th – 14th June 2014. It was extremely well received by families, friends, clinical staff and the generous funders of this important programme.
Kinship Care project – North West Glasgow
We have just initiated a three year project working in the North West of Glasgow with the Kinship Carers group. Drug and alcohol misuse by parents was the most widely cited reason for children entering Kinship Care, the majority of carers are grandparents of the children affected.
Our project will offer 1:1 and group art therapy sessions plus a wider community arts initiative involving drama groups, a choir and gardening groups. This project will tackle the social isolation and emotional distress experienced by carers and children, with the additional aim of building links with local arts groups.