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All courses are FREE. You must register before the course via our https://thrc.studioreception.net/ or by contacting us: 0207 426 2332 or thrc@nhs.netTo maintain the safety of our students, tutors and college staff, all courses will be ONLINE. A maximum of eight students can attend each course. Courses will include interactive activities and small breakout groups – it's important to make sure you’ve got a private space to join the course!

For more information, go to https://www.elft.nhs.uk/service/377/Tower-Hamlets-Recovery-College. 

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Upcoming online event on 30th of March 2021 at 11:00 - 15:00 at THRC


This course will explore the Psychological First Aid principles as set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO), that are aimed to help you understand ways to help other in moments of crisis and major distress. This includes how to listen, comfort, assess needs and provide practical care and support in moments of crisis. We will also explore how you can ensure you take care of yourself after supporting someone in need.


Extra Resources:


Youtube Video

https://youtu.be/IOUM_208sJA





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Mandala art has been recognised as a therapeutic tool. Mandalas are making it easy for us to concentrate, relieve tension, anxiety, and stimulate creative thinking abilities and they can be used as decorative ornaments for everyday objects.






































Upcoming online event on 22nd of April 2021 at 10:00 - 16:00 at THRC


This course will explore how and why mandala art is used to support for us. Mandalas are geometric patterns that when repeated in different formations creates incredible patterns and images. This course is continuation from our "Art & Recovery' youtube course you can find on 'Tower Hamlets Recovery College'.


It is a thirty-five minutes online course for beginners to learn how to make their Mandalas from scratch. In this course, the students will discover how to use the art of making mandalas to benefit for their emotional wellbeing and relaxation purposes during and after

COVID-19 pandemic.





OJ's Mandala Collection


Mandala art has been recognised as a therapeutic tool. Mandalas are making it easy for us to concentrate, relieve tension, anxiety, and stimulate creative thinking abilities and they can be used as decorative ornaments for everyday objects.


Drawing and colouring your own mandalas is a meditative form of creating artwork that is much easier than it looks.


We also added some useful examples of the template so you will soon be able to create your own unique Mandalas. Please also view some of my recent mandala artworks:



Extra Resources:


Youtube Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVOb0R-8YNA


Zoom Tutorials

https://thrc.studioreception.net/events


Art Courses

https://www.corearts.co.uk/



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Creativity is thinking of new ways to do things! It involves producing ideas or behaviours that are original. Therefore there are two essential components to creativity -originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generate ideas or behaviours that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individuals' life or the life of others.


Creative thinking is an act of making a random combination of associations that lead to breakthroughs and new discoveries, that add value to people's lives. It is a performance of an individual's attitude, knowledge, imagination and ability to evaluate interesting ideas and experiences.



Session aim:


To explore how the creative arts can be used to support mental health

recovery.


Session objectives:


  • Explore different approaches in which creative arts can be used to support recovery.

  • Explore the benefits of creative pursuits for recovery.

  • Provide an experience of using creativity in potentially beneficial ways.


WHAT 'CREATIVITY' MEANS TO YOU?



Meaning Activity/ Pathway


To provoke Films/ Paintings/Photography

Physical Dancing /Design/Fashion/ Flower arrangements/Drawings

Rhythm/Harmony Music/Dance/ Visual Arts

Trance Dreaming/ Day dreaming

Liberation Books, Art appreciation general

Energy( Heart) Mandala Art/ Zentangle/ Doodling

Expressive Painting/ drawing/Sculpture

Recovery Better life choices + Art appreciation/ Visiting galleries

Informative Infographics/Digital Design

Innovative Inventions

Vulnerability Personal Discovery

Social Relationships Making new connections



THE BENEFITS OF USING ART FOR RECOVERY:


What creativity means to you and provide an experience of using creativity in a potentially beneficial ways. The benefits of using art for recovery


  • Better or worsen communication tool

  • To see a different perspective of the worldview

  • Improve concentration

  • Improve self-esteem through achievement and participation

  • Creative pursuits

  • Ways of expression

  • Hope, Control, Opportunity

  • Empowerment

  • Inspire change and growth

  • Distraction

  • Relaxing and diverting in stressful times

  • Engender a sense of belonging in a group activity

  • Mindful and contemplative activity (flow)

  • Expression of anger

  • Art therapy ( Treatment)

  • Displacement (Sublimation)

  • Sociable( Engagement and empathy)

  • Avoiding Judgment such as self-criticism

  • Brainstorming ideas and thoughts

  • Increasing resilience

  • Not getting bored and feeling of aliveness (for me!)


Resources:


Core Arts:

https://www.corearts.co.uk/

Geoff Ashcroft Community Centre (Arts Therapies): 0207 197 1401


Idea Store Activity Directory:

https://www.ideastore.co.uk/community-information


Our Art Club (OJ Morreale)

https://www.ourartclub.com/


Creativity and Wellbeing Week

http://creativityandwellbeing.org.uk/


MIND:

https://www.mithn.org.uk/our-services/mental-health-services/connecting-communities/


Providence Row:

https://www.providencerow.org.uk/


Crisis:

https://www.crisis.org.uk/



Now it’s your turn.


Who is one of your favourite creative person in your life?

Share your thoughts, comments, and questions about your creative journey.






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