Creative Health Hubs
“When you care for these children for such a long time, they often conceal what they are going through inside in order to maintain the little control that they have. But they’ll reveal themselves to the artist through the medium of their creative interactions. Giving children an opportunity to express themselves during such difficult times is so important.” – Dr. Aoibhinn Walsh, Paediatric SpR
ABOUT HELIUM CREATIVE HEALTH HUBS
Helium Arts’ Creative Health Hub model is an exciting new approach to bring our innovative, multidisciplinary creative projects to many more children and teenagers across Ireland. In each Creative Health Hub location, Helium’s artist will deliver a continuous programme of activity connecting between hospitals, community and public settings. The programme will support children and young people to let their creativity free, and show the difference creative engagement can make to the mental health and wellbeing of children facing the social and emotional challenges of long-term illness. Through our “arts on prescription” approach, we will meet children in hospital who will then be referred to our workshop series in community & public settings.
We launched our Creative Health Hubs in Cork and Limerick in January 2019, and expanded to Galway in 2021 and Mallow, Co Cork in 2022. The hubs are taking place in partnership with Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Limerick, and Galway University Hospital alongside community and creative partners in both locations.