Duke visits arts workshop

By Tim Clarke 16/05 Updated: 16/05 14:00

Buy photos » The Duke of Gloucester is greeted by Trust chairman Chris Burdon Picture by Neville Collins 2012016ncw2

THE DUKE of Gloucester paid a visit to Worcester to see how a creative workshop is using everything from woodwork to art to transform the lives of people with mental health problems.

The Royal visitor enjoyed a tour of the Shrub Hill Workshop which runs a number of projects aimed at helping people on their journey of recovery back into work, education or volunteering.

The workshop, which is managed by Worcestershire Heath and Care NHS Trust, uses a variety of activities to improve people's confidence and self esteem, regain or develop new skills and learn how to cope with the pressure and stress of employment or college.

Among those projects witnessed by the Duke was Art in Minds (AIM's), which is an art group that was originally set up by the workshop to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

AIM's has now developed into an organisation run mainly by current and former metal health service users, which is helping to raise the profile of mental health art.

At the end of the Duke's tour he unveiled a plaque in the workshop to commemorate his visit.

Chris Burdon, chairman of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: “We’re very grateful that HRH The Duke of Gloucester came to visit us, and I know that everyone associated with the workshop enjoyed the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and creativity.

"The Duke took great interest in speaking to all users about their involvement and the projects they have been working on, and I am sure that this visit will last long in everyone’s memories.”

Buy photos» The Duke witnessed first hand how the project is supporting people's recovery from mental health problems. (s)

Buy photos» The Duke unveils a plaque to commemorate his visit. (s)

Buy photos» The Royal visitor is introduced to team leader and occupational therapist at Shrub Hill Workshop, Velma Johnson. Picture by Andrew Kelsall.

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