Cancer FocusArt Therapy

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is providing free art therapy sessions in Portstewart for cancer patients in the area.

Monday, 29th September 2014, 11:00 am

The group will run each Monday for six weeks starting next Monday, October 6.

The course will run to November 10 at Flowerfield Arts Centre, from 11am to 12.30pm.

Brian Wallace, Art Therapist with Cancer Focus NI, said: “You don’t need to be artistic or have any experience in art to enjoy the benefits of art therapy. Art therapy can help people communicate anxiety or stress.

“In my experience many of those who come along to the group find the creative process relaxing and they can unwind and chat to others who’re in a similar situation.

“We know that cancer affects everyone differently. It can make people feel that they have lost control, increase feelings of isolation and can often lower a person’s self-esteem. However, research has shown that creating art can have a positive impact - improving a patient’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

“For many cancer patients this can result in a better understanding of their illness and in coming to terms with the disease and the future.”

Cancer Focus NI’s Art Therapy sessions are entirely confidential and take place in a safe and caring environment.

All materials are provided free of charge and participants can use a variety of mediums such as paints, pastels, pencils or clay.

Anyone who is interested is asked to book as places are limited.

To book please contact Joanne Boal at Cancer Focus NI on 028 9066 3281 or email [email protected]

If you have any concerns about cancer please call the Cancer Focus NI free helpline on 0800 783 3339.