Patients show artistic side comes naturally

The Oxford Times: Senior occupational therapist Caroline Buttolph, left, and occupational therapy technician Sophie Beesley with the mosaic Senior occupational therapist Caroline Buttolph, left, and occupational therapy technician Sophie Beesley with the mosaic

A 7,000-piece mosaic made by ladies on an older adult mental health unit in Oxford has been unveiled.

The project involved existing and discharged patients on the Cherwell Ward for in-patients at the Fulbrook Centre in Headington.

Working with mosaic artist Roz Wates, patients contributed at every stage, from the initial rough sketches of proposed designs to the final polish, before the picture was put up on the wall.

It took four months to complete and included more than 7,000 pieces of polygonal glass.

The final picture is 153cm by 103cm and shows a countryside scene, featuring a sunflower and butterflies against a backdrop of mountains.

Occupational therapist Sophie Beesley said: “Older people can often feel that creative activities aren’t for them. However, when they take part in an ongoing group project such as this, that results in a wonderful lasting artwork, it can really give them a real sense of achievement.

“For people with mental health problems, this can be of massive value.”

The Fulbrook Centre is run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and provides care for people over 65.

To raise funds for projects, plans are being made to make cards and bookmarks featuring the mosaic.

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