For many of the people we work with times are hard – their sense of continued belonging to a wider supportive community us challenged. Groups and activities diminish as cuts to public funding make their mark.
Across everything we do and everything we plan to do, particiation is key. It is invaluable. Through participation, we understand what is important to people and gain insight into how wider government policy impacts on their everyday.
To gain a deeper understanding of the effect of participation we commissioned writer Nicola White to participate in workshops at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. We asked her to look at the impact and value of involvement in the arts from the patient’s perspective.
What she found was enlightening.