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North London Hospice launches creative art project with Firs Farm Primary School

  • Published date
    01/07/2014
  • Author
    NLH Admin
  • Category
    North London Hospice

 

Pupils at Firs Farm Primary School in Enfield, North London, have taken part in an inspirational new art initiative which saw them work collaboratively with patients of the North London Hospice on an art project During the programme, which took place throughout June, year 5 pupils visited the Hospice’s Enfield site and spent time with patients on an individual basis learning about their life stories. The 10-year-olds then worked together with patients to develop a piece of art based on the patient’s experiences. As part of the project, North London Hospice’s Art Therapist, Karen Clements, and Bereavement Support Worker, Laurie Little, delivered lessons to Firs Farm’s sixty Year 5 pupils about the work of the Hospice. The programme culminated with a celebratory tea where children and parents, patients and staff joined together to display their achievements and discuss their experience. Karen Clements, North London Hospice’s Art Therapist, who lead the school project, commented: “We are pleased to have partnered with Firs Farm Primary School on this exciting new project, which enabled their pupils to gain an understanding of the services provided by a Hospice and helped dispel any anxiety or fears they may have about death and dying. This has been an extremely rewarding experience for all participants. The art work created will be displayed in the Hospice’s cafe and act as a lasting legacy to our patients.” Sabah Raza, teacher at Firs Farm School, said: “The children and staff of Firs Farm Primary School are proud to continue to support and develop links with both our local community and the wider global community. Having supported North London Hospice in the past by raising money, we now have had the opportunity to work much more closely with the people that use the Hospice and the staff that support them there. The aim of this project was to effect change and create a healthier attitude towards loss, contributing enormously to the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.”    

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