14 December 2017
Bath artist provides festive colour
Bath-based artist Steve Hedley used
his skills and talents to come up with something a little
different; he created four drawings which could be coloured in by
any of our service users or inpatients who feel in need of some
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We all know that colouring in has a therapeutic effect, so
Steve's images of a golfing Santa, a skiing reindeer, jolly snowman
and an ice-skating teddy will be the perfect way to spend a few
Steve told us: "I have been involved in several creative
projects in AWP (Banes) over the past couple of years, recently
been working on a mural in one of AWP's community bases (The
Swallows at Paulton).
"When I was there, I spoke with Lee Rawlings (involvement
coordinator) about whether or not they had any artwork for people
to use for colouring over the Christmas period, and so I offered to
do something for them - initially thinking that it would be for the
older adults/dementia ward. However, after speaking with
Becca Pike, the modern matron, she said that she thought both wards
would benefit from it. Lee asked if it would be ok to offer
it to all of the wards across the Trust, and I agreed as I would
love as many people as possible to enjoy them."
The images are now available on the Trust intranet to be
downloaded and printed off by staff as and when needed.
"My reason for creating the artwork is that for me, being
creative takes me out of the 'here and now' and into a place that I
want to be," says Steve.
"I would hope many other people could use the artwork to help
them relax and enjoy being creative in their own way. I think this
type of thing should be regularly available to patients so that
they can get creative whenever they feel the need.
"If it was possible, I would like to see some of the artwork
coloured in by patients, as the thought of making people feel good
makes me feel good."
We'd like to extend that invitation, so if anyone sends us a picture of
their completed work, we'll do our own gallery on our
A big thanks and best wishes to Steve from all at AWP!