Thank you, I feel alive again and I haven't felt like that in a long time! this was a comment from one patient at City Community Hospital recently during a dance session for patients. Our Arts Programme 'Creating with Care' has been working across Oxfordshire's Community Hospitals with the aim of improving the hospital experience for everyone through its programme of regular artistic and creative participatory activities for patients, staff and relatives.  As the comment suggests creative activity can provide a gentle disruption from the hospital day as well as enhancing health and wellbeing.

Creating with Care continues to work with Oxford Health Charity and each Community Hospitals' league of friends as well as community organisations including the district council's, educational establishments and arts and cultural venues to deliver its varied programme. Over the next few months we have inclusive workshops in craft, dance, drama, music, visual art, mosaics, vintage cabaret as well as museum visits from Oxford University Museums and Oxford City Museum planned. Each workshop is open to all patients of all abilities regardless of diagnosis, their families and friends as well as staff.

This year we are also working with Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN), Oxford University Hospitals arts programme, Artlink and Age UK on a unique project which will look at training artists and staff from the Horton, Witney & Bicester Community Hospitals as well as community settings. The project (Flourish Arts: Home from Hospital programme) will see a wide range of organisations working together to enable patients to continue to participate in arts activity after discharge.

Creating with Care relies on a growing number of volunteers across the Community Hospital settings to deliver its programme, some have used the experience and training to develop the confidence to develop their own creative facilitation skills and are now leading sessions.

We are also busy planning several garden parties to Celebrate The Year of the Nurse, 6th June at Abingdon Community Hospital, 19th June at Wallingford Community Hospital and 27th June at Witney Community Hospital as well as planning the performance tent at HealthFest 2020.

For further information about Creating with Care, including details of upcoming events and workshops please follow the link to our latest newsletters.



To look back at last year (2019), follow this link to our 2019 Annual Report.