Once upon a Children’s Ward

Once upon a time I spent an afternoon doing a photography workshop on the beach. It was August 12th 2013, more than two years ago (you can read the original blog entry here) and I was commissioned to work with children as young as three with quite complex needs in order to help them express themselves using the camera. The photographs they produced were used to inform the design of the new Hafan y Mor Children’s Development Centre at Swansea’s Singleton Hospital.

Fast forward a few years and it turns out that this workshop helped the Children’s Centre win a top healthcare prize. Hafan y Mor has won best Collaborative Arts Project in this year’s prestigious Building Better Healthcare Awards.

It’s brilliant to think that children and their families being supported at Hafan y Mor are enjoying the art and photographs that we produced and I’m really proud to have been involved in the project. You can read a full article on this amazing venture by clicking here.

This isn’t the first time I’ve worked doing therapeutic photography workshops with participants affiliated to hospitals. I’ve done several workshops with participants from the Brain Trauma Injury Unit at Morriston Hospital. More on that later next month when I take a group out to Gower as part of my Bringing Gower Home project.

BBH pictures

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