The Teapot Trust funds and provides three models of Art Therapy:
Open Group art-as-therapy
This is an innovative and pioneering service that runs in hospital Outpatient Departments. Any child attending clinic can come to our art table to paint, draw, collage or model clay and engage with an art therapist if they wish. The group helps to reduce anxiety before medical procedures as well as providing a safe space for children to express feelings about their illness that may be difficult to talk about.
Small Group Art Therapy
We offer small group art therapy for children who may require more help and support. These children include paediatric oncology patients who are dealing with severe stages of their illness on a hospital ward and children who are living with grief and loss after the death of a sibling.
1:1 Art Therapy
Children can also be referred by clinicians to a Teapot Trust Art Therapist for 1:1 art therapy sessions. One to one art therapy helps children to adjust and adapt to their illness and build the resilience to cope with the emotional strain that accompanies it. Art therapy works particularly well with children who find it difficult to express themselves verbally and can create transformational change in a child’s life.
We run up to five art therapy projects a day, providing services in:
- RHSC ‘Sick Kids’, Edinburgh
- RHC, Glasgow
- CHAS Rachel House Hospice, Kinross
- CHAS Robin House, Balloch
- Tayside Children’s Hospital (Ninewells), Dundee
- Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Aberdeen
- Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
- Borders General Hospital, Melrose
- Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy
- Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, London