In autumn 2012, Helium offered a bursary to artists and healthcare professionals who took part in the REFLECT Lab project in the Northwest in 2011. The bursary has been awarded to Margot Jones, Theatre Practitioner, and Winifred McNulty, Senior Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), who will collaborate on a series of drama and speech and language therapy workshops for children with expressive/receptive speech and language delay.
The REFLECT Lab project in the Northwest was a professional development opportunity for artists and healthcare workers. During the pilot phase in 2011, participants from both sectors came together to engage in a co-mentoring relationship with the aim of strengthening relationships between the arts and health sectors and improving services for children engaging with the health service.
The bursary will allow the partners to develop a short-term pilot project which will contribute to the development of arts and health practice for children within healthcare services in County Donegal.
The seeding project is supported by the Arts Council.
REFLECT Lab is an acclaimed model of cross-sector co-mentoring devised by The Sage Gateshead, UK. The 2011 REFLECT Lab cohort was 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.