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Project information

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy enabling patients to explore feelings and emotions which are difficult to express in words. Art therapy has exceptional value in improving the psychological well-being of patients suffering life-limiting illness who struggle with negative emotions.

12 months

Charity information: East Cheshire Hospice

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  • Need


    The diagnosis of a life-limiting condition can be traumatic, provoking devastating emotional/psychological effects. Apart from distressing physical symptoms, the illness also removes the sense of control. Some conditions can affect the ability to communicate using words as can certain treatments. All these factors can trap patients in a downward cycle of acute anxiety, pain and depression which can lead to physical symptoms, impairing the body's ability to tackle the underlying disease.


    Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as the primary method of communication. The production of a piece of art work is something that the patient does, when mostly things are done for and to them. It helps them to take back control of at least one part of their lives. Sessions can be cathartic, enabling articulation and the release of dangerous negative feelings. Art therapy can help manage pain by engendering a physical sense of well-being without the need of drugs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Continue to provide our already over-subscribed art therapy service.


    » Provide 6 or 12 weeks of 1:1 sessions with our qualified art therapist for patients who feel they would benefit from this service.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the positive impact on patients. Said one patient "A combination of painting, talking and thinking one-to-one has given me a healthier attitude to this...."

  • Impact


    The crisis brought on by illness can bring with it the motivation to resolve other issues, personal or family related, and art therapy can help articulate and resolve these. Tackling root fears in this way offers the opportunity for patients to instigate change, to move forward and overcome seemingly hopeless situations. Patients gain a new perspective on themselves and their lives. It gives them a boost in the struggle against the underlying disease.


    Lack of funding could mean that this project cannot continue. We have dealt with this by including the costs of this service in our annual budget, by making applications to trusts and to The Big Give to help continue to fund this service.


    Funders of this project will receive three monthly reports produced by our art therapist on how many patients are accessing the service plus comments from patients about the change and benefits this therapy is making to them and to their families at this difficult time in their lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,410

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,421 Staffing salaries
      £1,989 Overheads Overheads, oncosts, management and materials
  • Background


    East Cheshire Hospice is based in Macclesfield and covers a 400 sq mile referral area with a population of over 200,000 which includes Knutsford, Wilmslow, Buxton and Congleton. It is overall an aging population. .


    Current and future patients from our local community. The Hospice not only cares for our patients but also for families and carers too. These people will also feel the benefit when they witness the positive effect access to the service has on their loved ones. On average, we care for 350 Inpatients each year and provide 2,500 sessions in our Day Care Centre as well as providing support to their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    East Cheshire Hospice has been providing its specialist services for 23 years. It is one of the few hospices in the country to provide art therapy. The established sessions are over-subscribed and patients from other areas are referred to us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fay Mitchell, Art Therapist

    Fay is a qualified art therapist registered with the Health Professions Council and member of the BAAT. She also lectures at local universities.