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P-170 The flourishing forest – A therapeutic art project
  1. Sarah Harries and
  2. Louise Westgarth
  1. Hospice of the Valleys, Ebbw Vale, UK


Introduction The flourishing forest was a therapeutic art project that provided a range of art therapy sessions which culminated in an art exhibition.

Aim The aim of this project was to positively impact the wellbeing of those accessing the palliative dementia care service (CARIAD) by reducing social isolation, providing focus and stimulation as well as empowering people through inclusion in a therapeutic art project.

Project overview Thirty participants including people living with dementia, carers, volunteers and staff. Ten half day therapeutic art sessions and one celebratory art exhibition.

Outcomes Reduced social isolation, increased sense of wellbeing and value, reduced agitation and anxiety, reduced carer stress, increased stimulation, sense of belonging and connectedness and an exhibition of work to showcase.

Further information The project was undertaken in line with Artworks Cymru Quality Principles. The facilitator is professionally qualified and provides support in line with best practice principles and evidence based principles. The project was theoretically underpinned. All materials re-purposed or recycled and environmentally friendly. Feedback included; “wonderful project”; “one lady would often talk about the loss of her husband”; “I completely lost myself in the activities” and “I really enjoyed myself”.

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