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Email: bongley@gmail.com

Website: http://www.hellosandhighs.co.uk

After reaching a distinction in a Fine Art HND, I decided to focus on the community and the social intercourse of the people around us. I run art groups with the elderly in resident homes. The groups last up to an hour and include all drawing materials and cover a few weeks/months. Each member of the group slowly opens up to each other and the social atmosphere allows them to talk more freely about their life experiences, without a focus being on just them . We work together to create interesting work that also improves their fine motor skills and stimulates their thought processes. Having small groups means I am able to aid the development of each artist s work quickly and easily, so no one feels left out.
The second stage of the service I provide to the group/home is the creation of an event at the nursing home/group s meeting point This is an exhibition of their work. This event gives the artists something to dress up for and look forward to. It is a perfect opportunity to invite family & friends and creates enthusiasm and further stimulation and motivation while they are making work.

Bridget Townsend
Artist/Arts in Health practitioner
Safeguarding Adults Awareness certificate
Email bongley@gmail.com
Telephone: 01258 881573
Or through my facebook page: www.facebook.com/bridgeybongley

Directory record:

Art forms used:
Visual Arts

Health Conditions worked with:
Physical Health
Mental Health
Working with the elderly

Arts & Culture
Local Authority
Education & Research
Health & Social Care: Residential care

Age groups:
Early Years
Children & Young People




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