Art and Craft Packs

Many patients have been unable to see their loved ones and have nothing to do whilst in hospital, and our usual participatory workshops and music visits to wards aren’t able to take place due to current restrictions. The arts and craft packs have been put together to give patients the opportunity to have a go at doing some creative activities, alleviate boredom and ultimately improve patient experience.






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: