Patients show off their art skills

(l-r) Karen McGregor, Lisa Park, Jean Conor and Myra Howatt show off their work flanked by NHS Lanarkshire's Jacqueline Evans (left) and Kathleen Lees. Robert Daly and Tracey Paterson also attended the group
(l-r) Karen McGregor, Lisa Park, Jean Conor and Myra Howatt show off their work flanked by NHS Lanarkshire's Jacqueline Evans (left) and Kathleen Lees. Robert Daly and Tracey Paterson also attended the group

A group of patients created four pieces of art as members of NHS Lanarkshire’s occupational therapy ‘Enabling Arts’ group.

They created the artwork as part of an eight week assessment and treatment programme through the adult learning disability service.

Creative arts are used to assess and facilitate a change in visual perception, physical, cognitive, sensory and social function, giving patients the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.

The art programme saw group members create four collages to reflect the colours of the four seasons.

Kathleen Lees, occupational therapy assistant practitioner for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The Enabling Arts group gives patients a chance to get involved in a meaningful activity which is tailored to suit their needs and gives them a sense of achievement.

“We have incorporated a lot of different things into the programme.

“Previous projects have seen clients creating portraits and mosaics.

“This particular group worked on a collage project entitled ‘seasons in silhouette’ and we are currently looking for a new home for the piece.”

Creative art can increase visual, physical and sensory skills as well as addressing verbal and non-verbal communication.

Karen McGregor, who helped to create the ‘summer’ collage, said: “I thought it was a lot of fun.

“I like mixing with people. I like being around people for company.

“We came to the group once a week and I looked forward to coming along.”

Jean Connor added: “I came because I wanted to meet people and make the art. I did the autumn one.

“I really enjoyed putting the paper on and gluing it all together.”

If you would like to give a home to the artwork created by the Enabling Arts group contact Kathleen Lees or Jacqueline Evans on 01698 855515.