Art work to engage children

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Around 40 pieces of art created to engage and inspire young children have gone on show in Angus.

The works of art, of papier mache, paint and varnish, depicts colourful numbers and letters and adorn the walls of the family room, waiting room and hallway in Ravenswood Children’s Services in Forfar.

They were designed and made by users of NHS Tayside’s Community Mental Health Service in Angus who have severe and enduring mental health conditions and attend the occupational therapy hobbies groups.

Hilary Hart, senior occupational therapist with NHS Tayside, who runs the hobbies groups said the aim was to create art that reflected the work that was done between children, parents and workers at the centre and to provide an educational resource that was also fun.

She said: “It’s given the group a real focus and they’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing it for the children’s service.”

Convener of Social work and Health, Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “The hard work of the hobbies group has brightened up the centre.

“Their vibrant art work brings a wonderful splash of colour to the rooms and can also be a great learning resource for the children.”