Ah go on is a 12 week pilot art project for people living in the community that access community mental health services. It celebrates creativity and the positive mental health messages a cup of tea with friends can bring. Participants will create a clay tea set with artist Adele Stanley. There will be an emphasis on skill sharing, socialising and confidence building.
This programme aims to connect with the community of Waterford who may need a little extra support in socialising and developing their creativity. This is a collaboration between WHAT, the Occupational Therapy Team of Waterford Community Mental Health Services, Shine Discovery and the wider community. We believe that the arts contribute to the wellbeing of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates our sense of identity and creativity both individually and on a societal level.
Participants will have a chance to play with clay, explore their creativity in a relaxed environment, socialise with others and make a decorative tea set. Individual tea cups will also be made to gift to a loved one or a stranger to encourage connectedness with others. The project has the potential to increase wellbeing for the local community and those accessing the mental health services. The artist will create three short instructional videos that will become a resource for the Occupational Therapy Team at the DOP to engage service users in a positive art making experience.
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