Hospice Hero Alison Eves and the importance of Art as Therapy

November 2020

Alison Eves has been volunteering at the hospice since 2008. She originally joined up as a general volunteer within the hospice, after one week she was approached by the volunteer coordinator who said there was a vacancy to lead art sessions within the Peter Gillam Support Centre.

Alison leapt at the opportunity to do this and was allocated a regular day once a week where she would run the morning session, teaching and developing art skills with the patients, which she continues to do. Alison does an absolutely amazing job in the centre.

She has taught complete beginners, people who have come and never painted but have always wanted to, who have then gone on to produce some wonderful artwork surprising themselves and their families. She has also worked with people who have always painted but have lost some of their abilities to be able to produce the level of work they used to, she has been able to work gently with these people and help them to work in a different way to achieve the best work they can.

Through this Alison has built up very special relationships with many people that she has helped over the years – she is always gentle, kind and encouraging. During the Covid-19 pandemic Alison has continued to support the Peter Gillam Support Centre by providing telephone support to patients that would normally attend her group on a Thursday, through this she has also been able to help and encourage them to continue their artwork at home.

Alison, you truly are a Hospice Hero, thank you!

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