This report evaluates then current work undertaken jointly between Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT)
and several Birmingham libraries.
BCAT are a registered charity that has been providing support for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities; and supporting community arts in health for the last 25 years.
The report is an evaluation of work carried out with 13 libraries.
Some of the feedback from participants:
- ‘Activities like this help isolated people help build communities…so many Day Centres have closed there is nowhere to go where you are understood’
- ‘achieved the activity with style’
- ‘great welcome, smashing time’
- ‘Council to stop closing libraries down’
- ‘I enjoyed the interaction with people and learning new skills, great’
- ‘more craft during holidays, story time, rhyme time for younger children’
- ‘What an amazing 5 weeks…feel like I have gained some confidence’
- ‘It was very touching to hear people’s stories from their lives. I was moved’
- ‘I am still enjoying sitting and listening to the chatter around me’
- ‘I love this group. I can be ‘me’ just relax into it. Nothing expected other than to be myself’
- ‘…the activity got me thinking about making craft pieces to sell commercially at a local market’
- ‘I have familiarised myself with the local area, made friendships and pushed myself to try new things. My mood has slightly improved as a result’.
- ‘It was really challenging…but it was a good challenge, as I’d never try to do it otherwise.’
- ‘I surprised myself with what I achieved. Thank you.’
- ‘I’ve learnt a lot about myself’
- ‘It encourages families and develops an expressionist character in children. It is fab therapy for all members of the family’.
- ‘My son and I both had a lovely session. A focussed/ relaxed activity during a long summer holiday was very welcome’
- ‘As a family we would LOVE more creative opportunities locally and centrally…we really recognise the benefit for our children’
Read the full report here – BCAT_Supporting Arts in Health in libraries