Service users on the Balmoral ward of specialist care provider Glen Care’s Langford Centre in Bexhill on Sea have proved their artistic merit after coming out on top in a Christmas art project.
The Glen Care Christmas card competition was launched to encourage patients to produce a design for the company’s corporate card for Christmas 2014.
The winning design depicts the Christmas Robin and was a collaboration between staff and patients on Balmoral ward.
The Langford Centre provides a comprehensive range of treatments tailored to individual needs, for patients in both a low secure and locked rehabilitation environment. The centre provides a secure environment for patients with a forensic history and/or challenging behaviour. The Balmoral suite provides care for up to 11 female patients.
Arts therapies are a way of using the arts – for example, music, art, dance or drama – in a therapeutic environment with a trained therapist. In arts therapy, the therapist helps patients to express themselves by creating something – such as a piece of music, a painting or a play. This can help patients express difficult feelings, often without using words.
Tony McLean, executive chairman of Glen Care, said: “Many people who we treat and support already possess or have developed fantastic artistic abilities during their time with us. This Christmas card initiative is a way of recognising their creative talents.
“The standard of entries was exceptionally high and it was not easy to choose between the pieces of art work but eventually the Balmoral ward’s cute and Christmassy Robin was chosen.”