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Teenagers in hospital transitioning to adult care have been exploring their creativity and building magical worlds on Year Two of Helium Arts’ Fireflies Project which concluded this July. The project took place at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital supported by the hospital’s Play Department. Other participating hospitals included the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

 

We take a look back at what the young people got up to with artists-in-residence Siobhan Clancy and Rachel Tynan and how the project supports the transition to adult care which can be challenging.

 

Giving young people a voice and space to explore their identity

What would happen if the hospital was turned into a game environment? Siobhan worked with young participants in Temple Street who in turn collaborated with each other on developing an interactive game which incorporated elements of their experience. The teenagers reconsidered particular conditions or illnesses in a positive light. One teenager came up with the idea of having characters with special abilities and another teenager proposed that players could obtain their superpowers during the game by a magical alien jewel (below).

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