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Young Gallery: Art Therapy wins prestigious healthcare award!

Impact Arts' Young Gallery: Art Therapy programme has been recognised through winning a major UK award in healthcare!

Alison Peebles and Ingrid Bell of our art therapy team were the winners of the Scottish Government's award for improving quality: measuring and demonstrating impact, part of the prestigious Advancing Healthcare awards programme.

Our art therapy work offers one-to-one sessions with children in the East End of Glasgow who are acutely affected by alcohol or drug addiction in the household.

The programme provides children with creative experiences through a schools outreach programme and specialist therapeutic art group programmes with the aim of helping the children to increase their confidence and self-esteem, work through difficult emotions and develop better coping skills.

It is funded by Corra Foundation, the Scotch Whisky Action Fund and BBC Children in Need.

The judges commented: “The gallery is a way of contributing to the children’s sense of value. It provides a valuable service in an area of high need.”

Fiona Doring, Impact Arts Director, said: "We are absolutely delighted - such fabulous recognition for this amazing project.

"The project is undertaking life-changing work for the children involved, and it's fantastic that the judges have recognised the value of a creative approach to dealing with these social issues.

"This major award is testament to the importance of the work our art therapists are undertaking in Glasgow, and is particularly gratifying as we look to expand the service into other areas of need."

The award was presented by Tracy MacInnes, Acting Chief Health Professions Officer for the Scottish Government at a celebration lunch on 20 April 2018 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

The Advancing Healthcare awards programme, which crosses boundaries and fosters partnership working, is open to allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and those who work alongside them in support roles.

Other sponsors of the awards include NHS Employers, the National Institute for Health Research, Health Education England, Department of Health Northern Ireland, Macmillan Cancer Support, Health Services Laboratories, Chamberlain Dunn Learning, Viapath, Chroma, Faculty of Public Health, Public Health England, the Institute of Biomedical Science and The Guardian.


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