Arts & Crafts in a Bag

pARTicipate: Art in a Bag provides single patient use arts & crafts bags, plus a selection of activity and mindfulness books that ward staff can collect from main reception and uptake in January 2021 has been positive. This is currently funded by The Friends of the RUH. 

The single bags have 2 options: sketch book, drawing materials, origami and inspiration worksheets or sketch book, knitting needles and wool.  We also have an additional supply of mini tapestries, crochet hooks and colouring books which can also be specially requested.

We have also provided the Dementia Coordinators and Children’s Ward play specialists with their own stock of modelling clay and other simple creative activities tailored especially for them

The End of Life team and The Emergency Department’s Mental Health Assessment team will also keep a stock of bags and mindfulness activity books

The bags include a feedback form for either the staff member or the patient to complete. We have also included social media links to share pictures of any and all creations!

Dave White: Palliative Care: “I saw a patient on Respiratory Ward who was distressed. I offered to collect a Craft knitting Bag for her, she was very happy to receive this and said that the knitting especially would help to distract her from the environment and help with her anxiety and breathing.”

These new initiatives will further support the patient facing interaction that we hope to return to soon.






The Arts and Craft packs have been created by Art at the Heart, the arts charity for the RUH, supported and funded by the Friends of the RUH, Patient Experience Team and RUH Charitable Fund.


Head of Patient Experience, Sharon Manhi and Art & Design Manager, Hetty Dupays

We have delivered 750 ‘Boredom Buster’ newspapers to wards for patients. These very special newspapers include activities that stimulate and engage cognitive function, observation, manual dexterity, multi-sensory responses, memory and ‘mindfulness’ to relieve stress and alleviate anxiety. E.g. Puzzles, games, breathing for relaxation, poetry, songs, prompts for creative writing, drawing, origami, conversation and a means of expressing gratitude.

This project has been led by Culture Weston and the Arts and Culture Programme of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the NHS National Performance Advisory Group for Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals.

Read more about the project in the media release below: