Image shown: REFLECT Lab participants at the Train the Trainers session

Ireland’s first REFLECT Lab co-mentoring project kicked off in April when representatives from The Sage Gateshead, UK, came to Sligo to facilitate the inaugural cohort meeting. 11 artists and 11 healthcare workers from Sligo and Donegal who work with children and young people are co-mentoring each other with a view to sharing skills and experience between the two sectors.

REFLECT Lab is an acclaimed model of cross-sector co-mentoring devised and delivered by The Sage Gateshead. Participants in REFLECT are given the space and time to reflect on what they do and why they do it and to reappraise their professional practice from a new perspective.

Paul Devlin, Professional Learning Manager with The Sage Gateshead, said, ‘co-mentors from previous REFLECT Lab cohorts have taken their learning back into their organisations and businesses creating new partnerships, strengthening creative learning, developing new approaches to leadership and establishing their own co-mentoring programmes.’

The aim of the REFLECT Lab cohort in the Northwest is to advance arts and health partnerships in the provision of services for children and young people in healthcare settings. There is also a train the trainer programme running alongside the main co-mentoring programme so that Irish organisations can learn the skills required to implement future co-mentoring projects.

This REFLECT Lab cohort is led by Helium under the Arts Council of Ireland Local Partnership Scheme with Sligo County Council Arts Service, Donegal County Council Arts Office, HSE West (Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal), Letterkenny General Hospital, and Sligo General Hospital.

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