Pip is an artist in Southern England and wanted to support people who had been displaced from home and through a contact she became aware of Medaille Trust in 2018. Upon reading a 2018 edition of our magazine, Pip decided to join the team of volunteers at our Southern Service.
In December 2018, she began her series of 2-hour art workshops as a creative facilitator, through this creating recreation, creativity, fun, engagement, mentor respite, connection and group activity.
Similar in the way to Art Therapy, this has an enriching effect on the clients who attend, there are choice of activities and materials allowing for autonomy for clients, they can follow their own options and bring their own influences.
Pip said ‘it is a privilege to support clients in her own way, to see clients grow in confidence, I have learned a lot’ – they are welcoming, happy, friendly, and always felt better when being met by the clients.
Pip described a highlight: During a 2 hour session, there is lots of opportunities for clients to join however they wish to, share and engagement as much as they feel they want to. Through one session where they were using clay, a client started making a picnic basket and others began to join in sharing their own piece of the picnic with sandwiches, cakes, drinks, fruit etc being added and was special with the whole group contributing.
Clients have made art work for the house and this was created over several weeks – 'Hello' project shows the different languages for welcome written on them from each of the clients.
During lockdown, Pip has been sending pieces of art ideas/sessions into the house via post and clients have been sharing their talents with her
Client created a ‘Thank you NHS’ banner and a number of material bags here is Pip showing the banner off and the handmade items.