Art boosts self-belief and trust | Penrith City Star

Thu Sep 18, 2014

TOMPenfold likes to crochet.

Alisha Jones draws, Marilyn Smith enjoys painting and Dorothy Foster likes to dabble across a number of art forms.

They all use art as a way to be creative, to relax and to discover themselves.

The four of them participate in the Hopeful Voice program at RichmondPRA’s office in Henry Street, Penrith.

The project started in 2009 to enable people with a mental illness and their loved ones and carers to use creativity as an outlet.

The goal is to break down stigmas mental illness stigmas about mental illness and to provide insight into lives.

RichmondPRA art co-ordination Jane Miller said the program has many benefits including social inclusion, the discovery of new skills, self-confidence and self-belief.

‘‘It’s a wonderful thing getting together as a group, and discovering who you are and what you can do by involving yourself in something creative,’’Ms Miller said.

‘‘We have a number of skilled participants who are now sharing their skills among the rest of them.’’

Mr Penfold is sharing crochet skills which he learnt from his grandfather with others in the program.

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