NELFT Arts Day 2018 - The popular event returned earlier in the month | News and events

NELFT Arts Day 2018 - The popular event returned earlier in the month | News and events

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NELFT Arts Day 2018 - The popular event returned earlier in the month

The second annual Arts Day took place at the CEME Centre on Tuesday 16 January.

NELFT Arts Day was established to help staff connect with others, while having fun and improving their health and wellbeing.

To find out more about this year’s Arts Day, we spoke to Natasha Howard, Manager of the Aubrey Keep Library.

Why did NELFT organise Arts Day?

There is a lot of evidence to show that being creative, and learning new things are good for health and wellbeing. It is also fun. We wanted to give staff the opportunity to try a range of creative activities in one place. Another aim was to give staff the chance to engage with each other outside the work environment. To make personal connections that can help strengthen team working.

Cupcake

What was your favourite part of the day?

For me personally, it was trying stilt walking. Also seeing colleagues’ smiling faces when showing off the things they had made.

Stilt walking

How was it received by staff?

It went very well. We did a pre and post test, asking attendees to rate how they were feeling on a scale of 0 to 100 (where 0 is very bad and 100 is very good) before and after the event. There was a 21% increase in attendees self-rated feeling of wellbeing - a statistically significant difference.

crochet

Are there plans for next year?

The Medical Education Committee has approved our plans to run our third event next year. Watch this space for dates!

yarn

Thanks to Natasha.

Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with the following comments from staff:

“Very relaxing and innovative event. Enjoyed different activities and learnt new skills. Thank you.”

“Loved losing myself in cake decorating - what a relaxing experience”

“Beginner knitting: I really enjoyed taking part in this and found it a really useful skill to take back to my ward and do with my patients. The teaching was brilliant and company lovely.”

“Great learning how to crochet. I really enjoyed it, found it very therapeutic and was taught well.”