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An art group in South Yorkshire has kindly donated some of their ‘inspiring’ artwork for staff on Keppel Ward as a thank you for all their hard work.

Artworks South Yorkshire is a non-profit creative arts organisation, inspiring and supporting adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential and develop important life skills through creative workshops and placements. They have bases at Thorpe Hesley, Malin Bridge and studio space at Soarworks.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the group began providing sessions virtually, running Zoom activities and supporting artists to enter competitions. The group has also set up a YouTube channel #artworkstogether and post their weekly activity videos, from cooking and exercise to mindfulness and crafts. 

During one Zoom session the group discussed topics for their next creative writing activity.

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An art group in South Yorkshire has kindly donated some of their ‘inspiring’ work for staff on Kepple Ward as a thank…

Posted by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust on Thursday, 2 July 2020

Nathan Bagnall, Creative Arts Coordinator for Artworks, said the group decided to create poems for key workers as a thank-you to local NHS staff.

“As a group, we then decided to extend the brief to include all forms of art submission from our attendees to thank local NHS workers. As Artworks South Yorkshire has a building located in Thorpe Hesley, we thought it was ideal and appropriate to submit our ‘thank you’ artwork to Keppel Ward at Rotherham Hospital, who would be acutely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Our aim was to use our participants’ artwork to thank all of the Kepple Ward staff who have been tirelessly working throughout the coronavirus outbreak.”

Alison Phillips, Respiratory Sister on Keppel Ward, has displayed the artwork and poems on the ward for the staff to enjoy. She said: “We are so grateful that Artworks shared their poems and pictures with us, it’s apparent how much hard work and talent went into them. We were really moved that people were thinking of us in these sad and somewhat challenging times. It gives us inspiration to carry on providing excellent care to our patients.”

Images: Rotherham NHS Trust

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