Activities for NHS Staff
Friday 17 Sept 12.30-2pm Weston General Hospital
Monday 20 Sept 5.30-7pm Weston General Hospital
Wednesday 22 Sept 12.30-1.15pm ONLINE
Thursday 23 Sept 7-7.45pm ONLINE
During the Weston Arts + Health week the first Trustwide UHBW Choir will be launched, bringing together staff, students and volunteers from across the Bristol and Weston sites with weekly sessions. Led by facilitator and vocal coach Ellie Western, the new choir will offer a new space for Bristol and Weston colleagues to share and enjoy all that singing together has to offer.
Taster sessions – in person and online – will be happening as part of the festival in Weston.
This new choir will share a specially commissioned new song on Weston-super-Mare Beach on Sunday 26th September amongst the flags of Luke Jerram’s commemorative artwork In Memoriam. Sign up for a taster session here: https://forms.office.com/r/kexMiJ7gZ9
Monday 20th 12.30-1.30pm
Come and explore Weston General Hospital’s green spaces, mapping routes, places to pause, trees and plants, hidden treasures and stories. Come outside for this lunchtime wander; a chance to take part in simple activities to connect, notice and support your wellbeing through the outdoors that is right here on the doorstep. Start to get creative and dream up ideas of how to enhance Weston General’s gardens and green spaces for everyone who works at and visits the hospital.
Thu 23 Sept 12.30-1.30pm
Take a walk and explore the hospital green spaces with a pencil and paper in hand. Learn the basics of sketching in the outdoors and some simple techniques to capture the natural surroundings. Whether you’re completely new to drawing or a well-seasoned sketcher everyone is very welcome. Bring your lunch if you wish. All drawing materials provided.
Staff Bike Ride
Throughout Weston Arts + Health Week we will be highlighting active and enjoyable ways to travel between the hospital and the town centre. To benefit both physical and mental health, come along for a group bicycle ride.
Experienced ride leader Gill Terrell will offer two one-hour rides: the first one towards Brean Down way and the second to the Pier, one hour each of them.
A council free cycling goody bag will be available to everyone who takes part in a ride.
Meet at 10.00 am or at 12:30 by the bike shed located beside the Academy building.
Participation is free but places are limited, get in touch with Dafne Pedroni, Sustainability Co-ordinator to book a place: email@example.com
Design Process Workshop
Thursday 23 Sept 4.30-5.30pm
Design Process Workshop
What do you dream of when you dream about your hospital?
Join Arts Programme Coordinator Linda Toigo for a fun, hands-on session.
Create a paper landscape using found images and colour and investigate creative ways to reimagine the hospital environment.
Explore how the creative process can be used to gather ideas and to inform design choices.
Age UK Tai Chi Taster
Friday 24 Sept 12.30-1pm
Age UK Somerset Tai Chi instructor, Rachel Jelbert, will be running a taster session NHS staff, students and volunteers on Academy Green. Please come along to find out more, participate, or spectate. No experience is necessary, everyone is very welcome. Tai Chi Qigong combines breathing with gentle movement and is easy to learn. This ancient practice improves flexibility, coordination, balance, energy and well-being. It is often described as a moving meditation and is a must try!
A Song for In Memoriam
Sunday 26 Sept
Public Sharing 3pm
At In Memoriam on Weston Beach, between The Grand Pier and Revo Kitchen
North Somerset based composer David Ogden has created a new piece inspired by the words and experiences of UHBW staff during the pandemic.
The song will be performed by the new UHBW trust-wide NHS Choir for the first time during Weston Arts & Health Week on Sunday 26th September amongst the flags of Luke Jerram’s commemorative artwork In Memoriam.
Join this new group of singers within the flags of In Memoriam to hear their song, or to join the choir sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/kexMiJ7gZ9
Bench Commission Project
Artists and community groups in Weston have been collaborating to design and customise eye-catching picnic benches which will soon find their home in the grounds of Weston General Hospital. Artists have been working with community groups on ideas and design before applying their own unique painting skills and distinctive processes to the benches. The benches will be placed at ‘destination’ points around the hospital grounds for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy.