“I have always thought the arts service is a necessity and not a luxury. The benefit to the patients and families is immeasurable. As we have developed the service further we have involved families and carers. I think it has taken the fear out of what a hospice is and what a palliative care unit is, especially when you have three children who are at school and they need to know where mummy is. They can come to a family workshop with their mum and it takes the fear out of coming here.” Rhona Baillie, chief executive, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
The art room offers support to family members, carers and friends of hospice patients, giving them the opportunity to engage with the art activities we offer.
Private family art workshops are available for patients and family members, adults and children.
These workshops offer patients and their families a positive shared experience in an informal and relaxed non-clinical setting.
This can be an opportunity to have fun and relax as a family.
It can also provide an introduction to the hospice for family members and a bridge to accessing the other services available.
We currently run family art workshops on Tuesdays, but we may also be able to arrange appointments outwith these times.
During the summer school holidays we offer a programme of family summer art workshops dedicated to families with school-age children. These also take place on Tuesdays throughout the summer school holidays.
“Seeing dad being able to switch off and relax makes me happy. I enjoy seeing him totally involve himself in something and not to be in pain, but to be creative, rather than thinking about everything else that is going on.” Family member
As a carer it can be difficult to find time for yourself or to take a break, or perhaps you have had to give up a creative pastime due to caring responsibilities.
Carers tell us it is important to find "me" time to relax and to reinvest and recharge.
A monthly carers' drop-in art workshop is held on the last Tuesday of every month, from 10.30am to noon.
There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.
These workshops offer support to develop your own creative work over a period of time, working alongside others who also undertake caring responsibilities.
It’s also an opportunity to talk to people in a similar situation, in a friendly and relaxed setting, while you engage in art making.
The drop-in art session is followed by a carer's support group, delivered by family support services in the day services lounge, from noon to 2pm.