Volunteers wanted to run art program at St John of God Midland

Andrea Day, arts and health project officer, with a cARTwheels trolley.
Andrea Day, arts and health project officer, with a cARTwheels trolley.

MIDLAND’S hospital is seeking creative-minded volunteers to run its new art program for patients.

St John of God Midland’s cARTwheels aims to enhance the wellbeing of patients by providing them with a welcome distraction.

Volunteer services co-ordinator Jenni Brown said volunteers would run on-ward activities from a mobile art trolley, engaging patients of varying abilities.

“Creative activities can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our patients, shifting their focus away from their circumstance and providing a creative outlet for them, which can help them to feel calmer and happier,” she said.

“The program will also give patients’ relatives peace of mind that their loved one has the opportunity to engage in stimulating activities during their hospital stay.

“The program is based on similar programs at other hospitals which have shown benefit to patients, especially those staying in hospital for long periods.”

For more information or to volunteer, email Midland. Volunteer@sjog.org.au or call 9462 5409.