Glass craft­work on dis­play

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Colour­ful glass craft­work cre­ated by stroke pa­tients is on dis­play at the stroke re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion unit at Perth Royal In­fir­mary.

Artist Rachel Bower has been work­ing with in­pa­tients at the unit for the past four months, in­tro­duc­ing par­tic­i­pants to work­ing with fused glass and tai­lor­ing the process to suit their abil­i­ties and in­ter­ests.

Par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gramme re­ceived one-toone tu­ition and also had the op­por­tu­nity to join in week­end group ses­sions which al­lowed them to work to­gether in a so­cial at­mos­phere.

Work pro­duced by the group is now on dis­play, in­clud­ing jew­ellery, bowls, plaques and even some clocks.

The work was cre­ated as part of the an­nual ST/ART art pro­gramme, an en­gage­ment project for stroke par­tic­i­pants de­liv­ered across Tay­side.

The project is run by Tay­side Health­care Arts Trust in as­so­ci­a­tion with NHS Tay­side.

Chris Kelly, the ST/ART project co­or­di­na­tor, said: “It is very sat­is­fy­ing to see the re­sults of a suc­cess­ful pro­gramme and to see a new group of par­tic­i­pants dis­cover that be­ing cre­ative can con­trib­ute to their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and be good for their health and well­be­ing.”

Ms Bower added: “It has been a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me to be work­ing in the hos­pi­tal set­ting and it has been great to en­gage with pa­tients in such a pos­i­tive way. I had time with par­tic­i­pants to de­velop their in­ter­est.”

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