What is your connection with Creativity Works?
“I am a Trustee.”
How did you first come across Creativity Works?
“I was first introduced to the work of Creativity Works through my role as a professional advisor to the then B&NES PCT.”
What made you want to work with this organisation?
“I was seeking a creative space in my life, where I could link my knowledge and skills of mainstream Health & Social care services with my interest in the Arts, and wanting to think that there are other ways to provide person centred support.”
Which projects have you been involved with / how have you helped support Creativity Works?
“My main area of contribution is with the Health and Wellbeing programmes.”
What have you enjoyed the most about working with Creativity Works?
“Being continually inspired by the dedication and commitment of all the staff, artists and participants to develop creative solutions to challenging life circumstances.”
What have you found surprising about Creativity Works?
“The resilience of everyone involved in the organisation, from Trustees, Staff, Artists and Participants to the principles of Socially Engaged Arts during some very tough times and being committed to keeping Creativity Works relevant to people.”
In what way has Creativity Works been of value or support to you?
“As a Health & Social Care Professional we don’t often witness the small things that can make a difference in a person’s life. Creativity Works has been instrumental in making sure that the person is at the centre of everything, and what really matters.”
What has been your biggest professional, personal or creative achievement to date?
“This is hard to answer, as I have spent over 30 years working in Community Health & Social Care Services. The majority of that time was focussed on developing new services and ways of working for staff and teams. I feel that my time with Creativity Works has enabled me to be able to step back from being engrossed in the trials and tribulations of organisational priorities and targets.”
Do you have any creative aspirations for the future (with or without Creativity Works)?
“I want to continue to develop my Photography skills, which helps me to be connected to my creative side.”