Pro­ject cel­e­brates sto­ries of real life

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Staff reporter

Healthy n Happy’s new com­mu­nity hub at 18 Farmeloan Road be­came a river of health at the‘Telling Your Story’ ex­hi­bi­tion.

For the past 18 months vol­un­teers from the or­gan­i­sa­tion who have ex­pe­ri­ence of longterm health con­di­tions have used com­mu­nity arts as a way of shar­ing sto­ries of self-man­age­ment and re­cov­ery.

Part of the Im­pact, funded by Health and So­cial Care Al­liance, Telling Your Story en­gaged with over 700 lo­cal peo­ple through work­shops and vis­its to groups such as Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Car­ers, Burgh Pri­mary School and Healthy n Happy’s own par­ent cafe.

The pro­gramme also set up pop-up art stalls at In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day and at Life­style Leisure Cen­tre and has a weekly show on Cam­glen Ra­dio.

This work cul­mi­nated in a Telling Your Story cel­e­bra­tion on March 9.

The art­work of ‘300 Step­ping Stones and a Di­nosaur’ was laid out along a river of blue fab­ric, de­pict­ing the flow of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The event also fea­tured a tai chi demon­stra­tion, drop- in vis­ual art work­shop and playlist for life, where peo­ple chose mu­sic that has spe­cial mean­ing for them.

Pro­ject worker Gemma Trainer said: “We shared sto­ries, cre­ated new ones and learned lots along the way.

“It has been great to see peo­ple en­gage and be­come em­pow­ered to take con­trol of their own story and use this as a step in the right di­rec­tion for them, wher­ever that may take them.”

The play­ist for life spe­cial will be on Cam­glen Ra­dio on 107.9 FM from 1-2pm on Sun­day.

Happy The event was a great suc­cess

Re­laxed The tai chi group

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