News News Getting arty at Merchiston and Ettrick Our Merchiston and Ettrick team use art therapy as a way of supporting people. From solo sessions to group activities, art can encourage mindfulness and relaxation. Art therapy can support people facing a range of issues, such as emotional or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions, or physical illness. It uses art as the main form of expression and communication, with local attendees encouraged to try new things at every class. Art therapy also brings people together for a shared experience, some chat and some fun! This week was watercolours and acrylics. Each person selected what they wanted to do and delved into their creations. The group art class is held in the lounge for people we support, with plenty of space to socially distance. Hazel King, Support Practitioner, said: “It is therapeutic for everyone. We have a great mix of people who use art therapy for lots of different reasons. During the most recent session, I noticed that everyone participated and focused more when in a group. We’re hoping to host the class every six weeks and perhaps try clay next. We had a good attendance of six, with everyone making some fantastic art.” If you would like to find out more about receiving support from Carr Gomm, get in touch via our online form.