Life seems to be changing daily at the moment and staff and patient well-being is now more important than ever. Here at Creating with Care we are currently putting together anti-boredom packs for older patients in our Community Hospitals, which will include ideas for creativity like Origami and mindful colouring but also simple word searches and a spring quiz! 

Over the last few days I have been overwhelmed with links to virtual resources for people at home self isolating or those starting to think about home educating their children or for those in care homes. I have chosen a few links here that might be useful for our staff and/or patients here.

Did you know music can reduce anxiety and stress? Why not put on the radio or alternatively enjoy the music from Ben Heaney at Deltaviolin  and the Music Health Service . Ben has been streaming mini music concerts for all to enjoy from his Deltaviolin project Facebook page. Ben is a freelance community musician who has played mini concerts on the wards at Abingdon and Witney Community Hospitals for Creating with Care.  Here is a link to one of the concerts for you all to enjoy with some more available to view on the Deltaviolin Facebook page

Museum Visits from Oxford City Museum and Oxford University Museums into our community hospitals they have always been well received, the Google Arts and Culture online platform offers free access to over 1200 Museums and Galleries worldwide and shares highlights from their collections. You can also take virtual tours and create your own collection if you have a google account. Click on the link to begin exploring.

64 Million Artists are offering a 2 week daily creative challenge

Its really important to stay active the NHS has a large collection of online classes, I particularly like this meditation one which aims to help sleep

Finally, have a look at this film of DR Lizzie Burns to create a quick bit of origami

Please contact us if you have any ideas you would like to share and watch this space for weekly suggestions from the Arts Team.