The Teapot Trust welcomed the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Sadie Docherty, to an art therapy session at Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill). The Trust provides professional Art Therapy either as open groups, at a drop-in activity table, within the Out Patients Departments or as 1-to-1 sessions for children in a private room for children who need extra time helping them deal with the problems of living with chronic illness.
Sadie Docherty, The Right Honourable Lord Provost of Glasgow, said: "Coming to hospital is difficult at any time but especially for young children. Art therapy provides an expressive outlet that helps put them at ease and really can make a positive difference to their experience, especially those who attend on a regular basis.
“I was very impressed by what I saw today at the Teapot Trust. It was wonderful to see how much the children enjoyed being creative. I believe this is an important project that helps distract children from worries about appointments, investigations and treatment plans."
The Teapot Trust currently offers its services in both Royal Hospitals for Sick Children (RHSC) at Edinburgh and Glasgow, and at Rachel House Hospice in Kinross.
Using their evaluative and psychotherapy skills, art therapists choose materials and interventions 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. It is based on the belief that the process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, and increase self-esteem – all without the need to use words to communicate feelings.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We are so proud of all the children and young people who cope with chronic illness on a daily basis.
“The Teapot Trust 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 RHSC.”
Doctors at the hospitals are keen for the Teapot Trust to expand their services to other hospitals and hospices throughout Scotland based on the benefits they have seen their young patients experience. However, this will only be possible with increased support from the general public and corporate sector.
The charity was set up by the Young Family in 2010 after tragically losing their daughter Verity, shortly after her eighth birthday in 2009, following her ongoing battle with Lupus (SLE) from the age three, and also cancer for the last year of her life.
Based on their first hand experience of spending so many long hours in hospital with a chronically ill child, Laura and John Young wanted to create a lasting legacy in Verity’s memory that helped support families during a potentially very stressful time for the children and their families. They had watched Verity scribble and frantically paint after particularly difficult blood tests or treatment regimes and realized the calming effect that quiet activity could have.
Laura Young, Founder of the Teapot Trust said: “We have achieved so much since we began in 2010, and are delighted to see our services received and celebrated by both medical professionals, and the families and children that access them. Placing a creative focus at the heart of these long hours spent in hospital really helps diffuse the anxiety and pressure that accompany coping with chronic illness, and provides a positive means of expression and emotional outlet.
We will strive to carry on raising awareness and growing our support network so we can continue providing this valuable service. We would love to hear from anyone who is keen to support or fundraise for us, and help us continue colouring in our young patients’ journeys.I would encourage you all to have a tea party in 2013!”
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