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There is evidence supporting the role of arts in stroke rehabilitation and other neurological conditions. The opportunity arose to have a student from the BA(Hons) Creative and Therapeutic Arts degree (University of South Wales) work with our community neuro rehabilitation service (CNRS). Due to COVID restrictions face-to-face sessions were not possible and we set up virtual groups.
Six people were identified who it was felt might benefit from the intervention. One session was run weekly using Zoom. The core of the group was communication: participants did not need to have any artistic skills. Different techniques were used, such as zentangles, pointillism and cubism. Sessions were adapted based on feedback from clients and facilitators.
Participants were very engaged and attended all the sessions, which provided an opportunity for socialising, reflection and pleasure. Written and verbal feedback was strongly positive, with some participants saying the sessions were the highlight of their week. All participants reported an improvement in confidence and self-esteem, and two of the participants are now training to be volunteers in C&V UHB. The group formed a strong bond and have kept meeting regularly to practice their art. A flipbook of the artworks has been developed and shared. Artworks from the sessions will be exhibited in LLandough hospital next year.
We are now planning to apply for charitable funding to put a more sustainable programme in place. We are also fostering the relationship with the USW CTA course and have arranged to have further placement students in the next academic year.
Isabel Kidd University of South Wales
Huw Davies Community neuro rehab service (CNRS) Cardiff & Vale University Health board
Patients attending CNRS groups
Dr Susan White Cardiff & Vale University Health board and Cardiff University