The Bracton Centre and Memorial Hospital annual awards took place with more than 60 awards given out.

More than 80 patients and visitors were welcomed by Patsy Fung, Head of Profession & Directorate Lead Occupational Therapist with the presentation opened by our chairman Andy Trotter.

Patsy said: “Some of our service users have never won anything in their lives. These awards really build their self-esteem and help them to believe that they can achieve positive things.”

Sixty awards were presented by John Enser, Director of Forensic & Prison Services. These included:

  • Koestler Trust Art Awards
  • Addult Education and Computer Skills
  • Employability Skills Level 1 Awards
  • Focal Point Horticulture
  • Bricklaying Project City and Guilds certificates
  • Reasoning & Rehabilitation (R & R) awards
  • Sports & Fitness Person of the Year.

John said: “This is a tremendous achievement for all involved.”

From over 8,500 national entries, the Bracton Centre service users won 14 awards with the prestigious Koestler Arts Trust, the UK's best known prisons’ art charity. They scooped 1 silver, 5 bronze, 3 highly commended and 5 commended awards in the categories of painting, watercolour, drawing, pastel, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, digital images and song writing.

Several artworks were sold through the Trust and one sculpture from the Greenwich Market Project was selected for the Koestler London exhibition.

Elizabeth Zachariah, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist & Clinical Director of Forensic & Prison Services said:

"We see such remarkable talent in the work that is submitted and in addition to each work being exquisite pieces of art, they also symbolise strength, hope and recovery.

During the awards ceremony we are not only rewarding creativity but also celebrating triumph in the face of adversity."


 

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