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St Giles: The Terrace
The role of 'Inspiring healthy lifestyles' was vital. They helped to guide the project, engage the right creative people and offer ideas to make sure we met the brief and involved the St Giles community as a whole,. The artists were brilliant in sharing their expertise with staff, all of which helped to achieve our vision for making the space more spiritual and accessible.
Martin Hill - Spiritual Co-ordinator
Description: St Giles provides palliative and end of life care. Its Whittington hospice has two levels, and this project made significant improvements to a terrace space which provided patients with an instant opportunity to experience the outdoors. The project was driven by Martin Hill, Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, who responded to feedback and consultation to make the terrace more impactful and engaging, by heightening its sensory and spiritual experience, through seating, planting, visual arts and creative objects. 

Artists worked with staff, families and patients to compliment their care plan. This powerful arts and health initiative resulted in a space which not only fulfilled patients wishes to hear the birds, see the sky and feel the sun on their face, from their beds, but provided an alternative space to communicate medical assessments. Doctors and nurses who used this sensory and more natural environment reported it fostered positive emotions, making difficult conversations with patients and their families more relaxed and nurturing.

Our Role: We were contacted to share our outdoor art knowledge and expertise, budget management, source appropriate community artists and support its co-ordination. Many community members from Cannock Chase access St Giles, and it was a privelage to support it with match funding and our time and knowledge.

Partners: St Giles community.

Creatives: Jaqueline Cooley and Anthony Hammond