Pictures paint a thousand words for stroke survivors

June 13, 2019

An exhibition of artwork created by stroke survivors will be unveiled in Colwyn Bay next week.

The Brushstrokes art project is run by charity the Stroke Association and aims to support people to express themselves after having a stroke, when words may be hard to find.

The sessions, which were held in Llandudno, Prestatyn and Abergele, were run by art therapist Pam Hutcheson.

Pam explained, “The sessions were a chance for stroke survivors to get together to reflect and relax. There was never any pressure to speak about the art or their feelings, just a chance to have fun.

“But sometimes, because many stroke survivors will have had a traumatic time during their recovery, issues were brought up as part of the sessions. As a trained psychotherapist, my role was to offer support when that happened.”

One stroke survivor who took part said painting made them feel ‘free’ and another said the art sessions left them feeling ‘a lot better about myself’.

The Stroke Association’s Community Steps project is a Wales-wide scheme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund until 2022.

The Brushstrokes art project is also supported by the Gwynt y Môr community fund from Innogy Renewables UK.

The exhibition of over 30 works of art will be held at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay on 18 and 19 June. For more information, please call 01745 508531 or email CommunityStepsWales@stroke.org.uk

For more information about the Community Steps project visit www.stroke.org.uk/communitysteps