Young people from our CAMHS inpatient ward at Coalville hospital have been putting their artistic skills to good use this week, raising £50 for Comic Relief through a raffle of handmade cards, bookmarks and other craft pieces.
Rachel Scott, a teaching assistant from the hospital school at our CAMHS inpatient unit (Ward 3 at Coalville Hospital), runs a weekly ‘Helping Others’ group on the ward, encouraging the young people to get involved in community events and charity work to help raise their self-esteem. The group has already organised a coffee morning in support of MacMillan Cancer Support, and made Christmas cards which they took round to other patients at the hospital. They wanted to do something for Comic Relief, and had the idea of creating works of art which they could raffle to people visiting the ward. Rachel said: “I’m really proud of what the young people have produced and I know that they are too. Having the opportunity to do something practical which helps other people makes everyone feel good.”
Students also commented on the event:
‘It was a really engaging day and something I wouldn’t expect to do in hospital so it was great’.
‘I think it brought everyone together and you got to really interact with staff and other patients’.
‘I enjoyed giving out tickets for the raffle, and it was great to see people’s happy faces when they won their prizes’.
‘I think the fact that we made crafts made us more motivated’.
Staff on the ward also wore red for the day to raise even more money. Pictured are (L-R): Rachel Scott, teaching assistant, Helen Booth, deputy matron, Shabana Vadiwala, team leader, Wadzanai Chinosengwa, healthcare support worker and Rosie Denman, teacher from the hospital school.
Origami at Ward 3
Ward 3 students have produced some excellent origami artwork in the CHS classroom in recent months. Various pieces have been created using a variety of techniques, the largest of which have been made using multiple 'origami triangle units'. The triangle units are simple structures made from a single piece of rectangle paper that can be combined to produce large, complex structures; the most impressive being the painted dragon.
The dragon was constructed and painted by many students over a number of weeks, making it a true collaborative project. It has since been joined by other individual and group origami projects. There is no sign of origami interest slowing down as past works continue to inspire new students to create their own masterpieces.