The special relationship between NHS Forth Valley and Artlink Central was named as a finalist in the 2014 Scottish Charity Awards for its ‘Perfect Partnership’ working.
The two organisations have entered into a three year agreement to deliver arts programmes to patients across Forth Valley. This is the first such agreement of its type between a health service and an arts group and has already led to an impressive programme of workshops and events which have prompted staff involvement.
These include a gaming project involving children and young people, and ‘gardening art’ with elderly patients who furnished mini greenhouses which appeared in hospitals across Forth Valley. For a group of frail elderly men as well as women, the ‘make do and mend’ project ‘The Way We Wear’ brought long forgotten tailoring, cobbling and dressmaking skills to light, and put them to use in recreating l940’s and 50’s style clothing and accessories. These were exhibited in the public spaces in Forth Valley Royal Hospital, to be enjoyed by the l0,000 members of the public who visit daily.
Organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the crucial work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.