Iain Gray MSP joined Founder of Teapot Trust, Dr Laura N Young MBE, during a visit the charity’s art therapy service at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.
Teapot Trust is Scotland’s largest employer of art therapists with 22 art therapists, running 27 projects in 12 hospitals, from Inverness to London. It has also recently expanded, with art therapists supporting children at hospitals in Liverpool and Cambridge.
The charity provides professional art therapy to support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families in hospitals across the UK. Teapot Trust exists to encourage self-expression, reduce anxiety and build resilience in children with chronic conditions through the therapeutic process of art.
Following his visit, Iain Gray MSP said:
“It was great to see first-hand the Teapot Trust’s open group art therapy service in action. It is clear the positive changes Teapot Trust are making to the lives of children with chronic conditions throughout the UK, supporting both physical and emotional wellbeing and providing them with healthy methods of coping at what can be an incredibly difficult time.”
Speaking about the visit, Laura Young said:
“I am delighted that Iain took the time to visit our service in Edinburgh and see the positive impact art therapy can have on the wellbeing of children and young people with chronic conditions and their families. There is a great need for the service provided by Teapot Trust and I am grateful that Iain recognised this.”
Teapot Trust has been promoting the idea of ‘Do Art Daily’. They believe that incorporating some form of art or creativity into the daily routine, whether that be knitting, journaling or even a daily doodle, can be beneficial for mental health and wellbeing, helping to reduce stress.