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Project information

Art Therapy

To provide a safe, creative way for people with cancer and their families to explore and express their emotions, fears and anxieties about the cancer and treatment that otherwise they may find difficult to communicate.


Charity information: Chai Cancer Care

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  • Need


    Being diagnosed with or receiving treatment for cancer can bring up a whole range of feelings that can be difficult to deal with. These feelings might centre around one’s illness, or past or present personal circumstances. Those affected by cancer can suppress their emotions, grief and may suffer from anxiety and depression. They may have difficulty expressing or communicating their true feelings. Those with cancer may be living with pain and discomfort following their treatment


    Art therapy is an activity that allows people to express difficult feelings that might be hard to put into words. It can be a safe way for people with cancer and their families to explore emotions such as anger, fear and anxiety about the cancer and treatment. Some adults and children find it easier to express difficult emotions and painful times through being creative, rather than trying to talk things through.Reports suggest that art therapy can improve patients quality of life

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide an creative outlet for cancer patients and their families


    » Provide weekly individual and group art therapy sessions in a bespoke art suite where patients and families can express their emotions

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured by fully booked sessions and returning particpants

    Aim 2

    Enable art participants to express their emotions and communicate their feelings through art


    » By providing facilities for free Drawing, painting and sculpture work, Photography and Art appreciation

    What success will look like

    Success will be...measured by interviewing participants beforeand then following a number of art therapy sessions

  • Impact


    Some participants have never been artistic prior to their art therapy and discover a real passion and talent. By encouraging more open expression of their emotions, art therapy in the long term can impact on the general communication, well being and quality of life of the whole family


    The Art therapy is conducted by a trained art therapist. There are no particular risks involved in art therapy. However, should a patient become distressed for any reason, Chai has counsellors on hand to support them


    Chai can provide project reports to donors that highlight number and frequency of service users, feedback as to benefit of service. The reports can include case studies but they will need to anonymous to protect the confidentiality of the users

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £43,200 15 sessions/ wk either group or individual art sessions for 48 weeks/ yr
      £6,800 equipment kiln, clay, paints, paper, easels, excursions

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The art therapy will take place in a newly built art therapy suite in Chai's flagship North West London centre.


    Chai is a Jewish cancer centre. Participants of this project are of all genders, age groups. All have been affected by cancer, either personally or within the family. They will vary in affluence, however, the service is free to users.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Chai has 21 years experience providing cancer support services to cancer patients and their families. All Chai counsellors and therapists are professionally qualified in their field of expertise and are specifically trained in dealing with cancer related issues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Linda Sharpe

    Qualified Art Therapist running weekly art therapy sessions at Chai. These are highly popular. The service is being developed in response to demand


will fund 1 art therapy session

When doing doing my art i don't feel the pain

Mr R