Art helps to give NHS ser­vice a boost

Hinckley Times - - TRAVEL TIMES -

A men­tal health ser­vice in the county has been given a makeover by mem­bers of the Young Peo­ple’s Team who have been cre­at­ing pieces of art through­out the year.

Be­tween July and Oc­to­ber, ser­vice users work­ing with the team - which is part of the Le­ices­ter­shire Part­ner­ship NHS Trust’s Chil­dren and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vice - met weekly to cre­ate art work to brighten up the clin­i­cal spa­ces at West­cotes House in Le­ices­ter.

Led by con­sul­tant clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Jeanette Bowlay-Wil­liams, the Young Peo­ple’s Team works with vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple in care and those who are in­volved with the youth of­fend­ing ser­vice.

Hav­ing se­cured fund­ing from the Le­ices­ter­shire Part­ner­ship Trust’s char­ity, Rais­ing Health, the team ap­proached local char­ity Soft Touch Arts to lead the three month creative project.

Soft Touch Arts uses arts, me­dia and mu­sic ac­tiv­i­ties to en­gage with and change the lives of dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple and pro­ceeded to work with 10 of the young ser­vice users in weekly two-hour ses­sions to cre­ate a range of art work themed around di­ver­sity and dif­fer­ence.

Their com­pleted work was re­cently cel­e­brated at a spe­cial un­veil­ing event and has been praised by com­mu­nity psy­chi­atric nurse Emily Cum- berpatch, who has been co­or­di­nat­ing the project, she said: “The young peo­ple have re­ally en­joyed get­ting in­volved.

“They’ve talked about how much they val­ued be­ing trusted to work on the pieces, as they don’t of­ten have the op­por­tu­nity to use spe­cial­ist art equip­ment such as spray paints and craft knives. It’s had a re­ally pos­i­tive ef­fect on their self-es­teem.”

Dur­ing the event, young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies joined staff mem­bers from the Chil­dren and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vice for a short pre­sen­ta­tion fol­lowed by a tour of the art­work which is now on dis­play around the build­ing. `

Mem­bers of the Young Peo­ple’s Team who are a part of the Le­ices­ter­shire Part­ner­ship NHS Trust’s Chil­dren and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vice have cre­ated sev­eral pieces of art work to dis­play on the walls of West­cotes House, Le­ices­ter.

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