Creative Arts

The Creative Arts Team gives patients and their families the chance to explore a variety of creative arts and use various techniques to give them a focus and diversion at a difficult and emotional time. Some people can find it difficult to talk about or share their feelings, so creative arts can be a helpful and rewarding way of expressing them. The arts include painting, ceramics, craft activities, hand-sewn items, silk painting, encaustic art, needle felting and mosaic.

For some people, there’s satisfaction in the process of being creative, and for others it is about the end product. This service is accessible to everyone – no one needs think of themselves as artistic to join in.

We are delighted to be able to offer creative arts support virtually to patients, carers and bereaved people who are not able to access Winsley. For more information about this, please contact our Clinical Coordination Centre by calling 0345 0130 555.

Creative arts in a palliative care setting is a powerful and effective way of addressing the practical, psychological, social and spiritual issues a patient and their family may face throughout their journey of illness.

Some of the activities we offer include:

Creative Keepsakes – For patients and their families, and bereaved families, working together to make memories and meaningful pieces of artwork. Families meet weekly with the Creative Arts Team, for up to six sessions

Hand casts – For patients and their families to create a plaster of paris hand cast of them holding hands, as a keepsake.