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As the future remains somewhat uncertain, here at Suffolk Artlink we are pleased to be getting into our stride as we adapt our projects and find creative ways to meet our participants’ needs during this time of social distancing. And the best bit is that we are learning about new methods of working that will benefit our future projects too – this feels like a real silver lining to the challenges that we are all currently facing.

We were also delighted to publish an Impact Report last month that illustrates the clear benefits of our creative engagement in hospitals, you can find a link to the full report below.

Wishing you all well at this time.

Alex & Hayley, Co-Directors

Supporting our Brave Art community

Supporting our Brave Art community

It’s been an interesting time for our Brave Art project, whose thriving creative community of learning disabled artists benefit so much from shared time with artists, tutors, volunteers and their fellow students.

However, we are delighted to be keeping our community connected during this time, thanks to a bit of technical wizardry. Read more about how we are supporting our Brave Art community.

Every clown has a silver lining

Every clown has a silver lining

Whilst our Clown Doctors haven’t been able to make their usual visits to children in hospitals and hospices around the region, they have been busy trialling new ways of beaming their special brand of fun, laughter and distraction to those that need it the most.

Last week, they were thrilled to trial their first ‘Zoom’ Clown Round session with EACH Treehouse Hospice in Ipswich.  Read more about the clown’s Zoom visit. Read more about what the Clown Doctors are doing.

Suffolk Day

Get creative to celebrate Suffolk Day

As part of our ‘Make, Do & Friends’ programme, we’re inviting you to get creative this week in celebration of Suffolk Day this Sunday 21st June.

Celebrate something a bit quirky or overlooked about Suffolk by penning your very own Suffolk ‘Cando’ poem and displaying it for passers-by to enjoy. Read more about how to create a Suffolk Cando poem.

Further evidence that creative engagement in hospitals helps boost wellbeing

Further evidence that creative engagement in hospitals helps boost wellbeing

During 2019, we performed a year-long evaluation of the impact of our Forget-Me-Not artist visits at Ipswich and West Suffolk Hospitals. We have now published the results and are pleased to see that they clearly show that the visits had a positive impact on the wellbeing of patients and their family members. Read more about our Forget-Me-Not Visitors Impact Report here.

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