Giving people the chance to express themselves in craft

Soap carving at the Hospice of St Francis

Soap carving at the Hospice of St Francis

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A new soap carving activity from the Hospice of St Francis is offering people affected by a life-limiting illness, and their loved ones, the chance to ‘carve out’ some space and time for themselves.

The Art Bag project aims to ‘connect people through activity’ and offers a taste of the creative workshops on offer at the hospice. This year’s Art Bag contains a bar of soap and the materials needed for carving.

Annalie Ashwell, Macmillan wellbeing and therapeutic co-ordinator at the hospice, said: “The simple act of taking some time to focus on a creative activity can help patients and their families build resilience when coping with a serious illness.

“It’s a way for people to express themselves, as well as giving carvers, and carers, personal artwork to cherish.”

The Art Bag project has been launched by the Hospice of St Francis in partnership with Peace Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support. See www.stfrancis.org.uk/artbags