The Teapot Trust celebrated their second birthday at Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) with a Story and Song session provided by Julia and Malcolm Donaldson.
The Teapot Trust funds and provides professional Art Therapy either as open groups at a drop-in activity table within the Out Patients Department or as 1-to-1 sessions in a private room for children who need extra time helping them deal with the problems of living with chronic illness.
Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and many other children’s books, said: “I really enjoyed my morning at the RHSC at Yorkhill with the Teapot Trust. The children, parents and staff all joined in the stories and songs with gusto, and it was rewarding to be supporting such a good cause.”
The Teapot Trust currently offers its services in the majority of children’s hospitals across Scotland.
Using their evaluative and psychotherapy skills, art therapists choose materials appropriate to the children’s needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic objectives. Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages - all without the need to use words to communicate feelings. Art Therapy is part of a child’s toolbox for when words fail them.
Laura Young, Founder of the Teapot Trust said: “We are delighted that Julia and Malcolm could find time in their busy schedule to be able to come to Yorkhill and help us celebrate our birthday in such a creative and enjoyable way with the children. Stories, music and art all complement each other so well. Placing a creative focus at the heart of long hours spent in hospital really helps diffuse the anxiety and pressure that accompanies coping with chronic illness.
We have achieved so much since we started our services in Yorkhill in 2012, and are delighted to see them received and celebrated by both medical professionals, and the families and children that access them.”
Elaine Love, Head of Nursing, Women and Children’s Services for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We would like to congratulate the Teapot Trust on their second anniversary of providing services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. They are a fantastic charity which use creative activities to encourage children who have health problems to deal with some of the emotional difficulties they may be experiencing and help them express their feelings through art.
“Their work really does make a positive difference to the children undergoing treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and we look forward to working with for many more years to come.”
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