The Living Life Creatively Group gives people the opportunity to explore new skills through a creative project. In this context 'art' is used as an expressive medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing or distressing. It may give an opportunity to create something as a remembrance of a life that's meaningful to the individual, like a memory box, a scrapbook or maybe a sound recording. Some may use the session to reconnect with art materials - it could be a personal project, or completed with a view to gifting what's created to someone else. This can be an emotive experience - space and support may be needed. And the aim is also to give patients physical benefits, like improvements in stamina and concentration, as well as social benefits such as raised motivation and mood. And the group environment provides opportunities for sharing experiences, worries, fears, accomplishments.

Sessions are scheduled for two hours once a week, on Wednesdays.

Interested? Call 01485 601700 or Apply Online

Key Responsibilities of the volunteer:

1. Arrive 20 minutes before the start of the group and, with the group facilitator, set up the equipment needed - including refreshments. And there'll be a briefing about patients attending.
2. Follow clear guidelines set by the facilitator regarding responsibilities during the session - either supporting a specific patient or having responsibility for a particular activity.
3. Welcome patients as they arrive and assist them from their transport into the meeting room.
4. Encourage participants to engage with their chosen project, providing the appropriate level of support. 
5. Report any patient concerns to staff without delay - like changes in patient status from previous sessions, highlighting any concerns to the facilitator.
6. Report any concerns you may have regarding someone’s safety during the session.
7. Be responsive to the environment, like opening windows, collecting extra equipment, adjusting music volume.
8. Be aware of patients wishing to leave the group for whatever reason, liaising with the facilitator to offer individual patient support.
9. Ensure someone remains with the group at all times.
10. Offer and provide refreshments and help with clearing away.
11. Help with clearing away art equipment at the end of the session.
12. Read, agree and sign to comply with the key responsibilities of this role and all elements contained in the Volunteer Agreement.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.