Having lived in Exmouth, East Devon, for three years, I was delighted to find out about ‘Creative Minds’ and discover the opportunities this social enterprise offers me to work, using arts for well-being, in this beautiful part of the country.
I am experienced in working with children with special educational needs, young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs, adults needing mental health support and elderly people with dementia. I have worked as a primary school teacher, educational psychotherapist, mental health support worker and a hospice-at-home visitor.
Contributing to the local community in Luton, Bedfordshire, I ran an arts drop-in group at my church, bringing people in need of company and creativity together. Following my interest in arts therapies I completed a Masters in Integrative Arts in Health and Education as well as a Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts.
I enjoy creating abstract designs inspired by nature, using paint, mixed media, textiles and clay. Art brings about a sense of ease and acceptance in myself that is so needed amongst the stress and pressures that life can bring.
Offering ‘art for well-being’ sessions to people of all ages and backgrounds is such a joy. Art-making can bring fun, play and a sense of togetherness within a group and a sense of value and wholeness within individuals. Self-expression can develop and new perspectives can be explored; this can be very rewarding and healing.
When booked for a Creative Minds art session, I can work independently or collaboratively with the venue, to plan themes and activities. Tailoring sessions for each client-group ensures participants can focus and express themselves with their choices of colour and materials. I look forward to hearing from you.