Improving the visual environment for patients of all ages, visitors and staff. We are dependent on Frimley Health Charity and donations to support the work we do.
There is significant positive effects through Art in Hospitals. We aim to give the best environment for care and recovery through our Charity.
Our vision is to enrich our patient, visitor and staff environment by working alongside departments and local communities to enhance our hospitals with inspiring visual design and creativity throughout Frimley Health.
By making a donation or setting up a regular gift today your donations will enable us to transform the hospital environment in Frimley Park, Heatherwood and Wexham Park to aid recovery for our patients.
Our Art Programme is aimed at improving the visual environment for patients of all ages, staff and visitors. The Arts Committee focuses on engagement with both the local and wider communities. We have recently worked with local artists, art students and camera clubs on a variety of projects. This will continue at all sites within the Trust.
Donations to support our Arts Charity Fund allows us to enhance our healing environments within our health care environment. These are through artist commissions, purchasing of artwork, participatory arts activities and music in hospitals.
Creative Health can help improve patients lives’, and we are working with more wards to do this.
Once inspired by a matron asking for colouring books, the Arts Manager, Emma Carr approached Farnborough College of Technology with a brief to design linear studies for patients and staff to colour in.
After presentations and consultations earlier this year with a new year group, 20 wonderful designs were submitted and a book was published by Frimley Health Charity in May. The second edition colouring book has already been used in the dementia wards by the activity nurses and are proving to give the patients a form of communication, engagement and grounding. Some have also been given to staff rooms as after the last book, the staff wanted to use them during their breaks to give them an element of calm and creative distraction.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
In 2015, the APPG launched a two year Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry. The Inquiry Report, ‘Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing’, was launched in Parliament in July 2017. Evidence from the inquiry is used in this strategy.
“We firmly believe that the arts can be enlisted to assist in addressing a number of difficult and pressing policy challenges. Access to green space and natural light improves our wellbeing and speeds our recovery from illness”.
Being in hospital can make you very anxious, so anything that cheers us up, takes our mind off the moment, the boredom and makes us feel like ourselves again can really help our mental health. The evidence shows us that art can help people feel better, and get better.
Children’s Sensory Garden
A vision for a beautiful bright outdoor space to allow all children, young people and their families to spend time in a non-medical environment.Creating an outdoor sensory space that reflects colour, light and air.
The bright space now includes seating areas, sports wall, a Hobbit House for counselling and break away plus play and physio equipment all designed to help patients whilst in our care. A therapy zone includes planted areas, chimes and artificial grass so children can receive physiotherapy in the fresh air.
The garden had £80K in raised funding from Race Wexham event in August 2019 plus local community donations.
We have a range of projects that we are sourcing funding for to enhance our spaces at the trust.
If you can support any of these or find out about other projects, please get in touch.
How can you help
Emma Carr; email@example.com Arts and Creative Health Manager
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Arts in our Hospitals is managed by a full time Arts and Creative Health Manager as well as a dedicated group of volunteers and a steering group which includes Frimley Trust members.