21 November 2016
Postcards to write home about
The Art Therapy service at Sandalwood Court in
Swindon collected 93 postcards by service users, staff and visitors
to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
These images have now been framed thanks to a generous donation
from Charitable Funds and are displayed in Sandalwood Court where
they are enjoyed by many people as a lasting record of a special
The idea of compiling postcards has been used in the Trust
before. It was originally based on the Royal College of Arts idea
of inviting recognised artists to create a postcard anonymously.
These postcards were sold to raise money for the Emerging Artists
Gwyneth Ambler, Art Psychotherapist says: "We aimed to gain 100
postcards to celebrate World Mental Health Day. The Art Therapy
room was open for postcard making all day at the celebrations
organised by the Therapy Team on 10 October. Service users, staff
and visitors to Sandalwood House were invited to make their own
postcard anonymously to celebrate the occasion. Nearly all of the
93 works made were by service users. It was a great success and a
very enjoyable occasion."
Studio Assistant, Charlotte Clark adds, "We are looking forward
to organising a new project to celebrate World Mental Health Day in