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Expressions of Care

Expressions of Care Art Exhibition 

Over the past few two years our Community Engagement team have successfully worked with 35 local schools on a project to capture children’s feelings and emotions towards Hospice care. The project reached approximately 5,000 children and their families. The schools used a range of education and information materials, produced by the Hospice, to interpret their understanding of the Hospice and the care given by producing pieces of art that were a collaboration by all their pupils. This artwork was exhibited at the Potteries Museum during the summer holidays and the winning schools were chosen by a high profile judging panel in September.

‘Flower Design’ Winner – Beresford Memorial First School, Leek

‘Collage’ Winner – St. Edwards First School, Cheddleton

 Due to the success of the project we’re looking for schools to take part in Expressions of Care 2017. 

Aims of the Project:

  • Identify current level of understanding about Douglas Macmillan Hospice.
  • To increase learning and better understanding about the work of the Hospice to the children, staff and their families across North Staffordshire.
  • Strip away some of the misunderstanding and myths about Hospice care.
  • Create a community exhibition of what has been learnt to reach the wider community.

The Project Concept

  • Schools will undertake various classroom activities using a set of free and supportive resources including videos, fact or fiction game, making memory boxes, posters, poems and undertaking research projects for the older children.
  • Each participating school collectively produces a creative piece of artwork in the form of a collage about what has been learned, capturing emotions, feelings and what they now know about the Hospice.
  • Each school will receive a special plaque with their artwork entry, featuring their logo and information about it.
  • A high profile judging panel will select a winning piece of artwork and this will then be displayed in our Day Therapy Unit in the Autumn.
  • All children visiting the Art Exhibition with their families over the summer holidays will receive a special badge to say they went to visit.
  • This is part of our Community Engagement project to raise more awareness about the work of the Hospice with children, teachers and their families across North Staffordshire.

If you would be interested in being part of or for more information on our Schools Project in Summer 2017 please e-mail jonathonmathers@dmhospice.org.uk or call 01782 344304.

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