VOLUNTEERING FOR HOSPITAL ROOMS
Our people helped charity Hospital Rooms with a last minute project at Barnes Hospital
Hospital Rooms was approached by South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust to undertake a project at their Barnes Hospital site. The new charity, which Colart supports through fundraising and volunteering, was asked to create artworks directly on the boarded up windows of the hospital, as patients and the community often don’t realise that the hospital is still open and thought it looked derelict. On Tuesday 15th August, the charity led an art workshop with the people from the Older People’s Services unit, where they were able to create designs for the boards.
The next day, on Wednesday 16th August, their designs were painted onto the boards with the help of Colart volunteers. Our people answered a fairly last minute call for help on this project and over the two day project nine people volunteered their time to facilitate the workshops and paint landscapes onto the windows of the building.
At Colart, we are so proud that our people are able to volunteer for such worthy causes and that we are able to support Hospital Rooms.
Hospital Rooms: is a mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people. We transform mental health environments with museum quality artworks and programme art workshops to take place in them. Our aim is to disrupt the barriers that limit access to art and culture for people using mental health services. Our work has been funded by Arts Council England, Isabella Blow Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Morris Markowe League of Friends among others and our projects have been featured on the BBC, Guardian and British Journal of Psychiatry.
Hospital Rooms Registered Charity Number: 1168101
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1 Godley VC House, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0LP
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South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust: SWLSTG is the leading provider of mental health services across south west London and a beacon of excellence for many of our national mental health services. The Trust serves 1.1 million people across the London boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. The Trust employs more than 2,000 staff who provide care and treatment to over 20,000 people from south west London and beyond at any given moment.
Charity founders Niamh White and Tim A Shaw at Barnes Hospital
Hospital Rooms and SWLSTG have collaborated on major projects integrating arts and culture into the health environment. They transformed the Phoenix Unit, a secure psychiatric rehabilitation unit for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, with museum quality artwork by Nick Knight, Assemble and Gavin Turk among others, and created a large scale outdoor mural for the Recovery College by Tim A Shaw.