In January 2019, Anne Elliot and a group of 10 women, who use the REH or are part of Artlinks community projects have had the unique opportunity to work with the Soul Food Sisters Community Kitchen in a series of workshops in Glasgow. We wanted to make links for women outside of the hospital and mental health community, providing them with the opportunity to experience something entirely different. The Soul Food Sisters introduced them to Turkish, Polish and Algerian foods, working together to make breads, dips, sampling soups and gluten free recipes. These workshops were inspirational, encouraging all involved to be more adventurous in their food choices, building new friendships, learning new skills, and most importantly having the opportunity to learn new cooking skills from some amazing teachers.

‘’It was fascinating meeting women from different countries and learning how to cook their local delicacies. It was always a lovely atmosphere, there was a good camaraderie. Whilst we were learning something it was always great fun at the same time.’’ Sue

‘’It was a privilege for soul food sisters to share a great experience with Artlink we really appreciate your time and your support. Personally I enjoyed meeting them all, it was a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, and I hope to see you all again. It was very encouraging working with you and your group we got the impression that we knew each other very well, we were all comfortable, confident and relaxed we learned and shared our stories. We have a new great networking group and we hope to continue working with you in near future.’’ Soul Food Sisters

Other news from the Royal Edinburgh:

  • CASE STUDY: Artlink Learning Team - Developing a long-term relationship with dementia care within the Royal Edinburgh Hospital through exploring ways in which patients, families, nursing staff and artists can work together as a team; learning from each other in order to make positive change within a ward. Artlink has been working at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital over several years providing […]
  • case study: singing through change - Using interactive performance to gain a better understanding of patients’ needs and staff practice at Liberton Hospital in order to address immediate issues of low motivation, social isolation and boredom; ensuring relevance and greater impact of longer-term approaches. We had been approached to provide input to Liberton in early 2018 as a date for a […]
  • A New Perspective - All the wards in the New Royal Edinburgh Building have had their first vitrine workshop with artist Tom Krasny. The project is supported by the Green Space Art Space PSP and the idea is to use the glass spaces in the wall that divide the communal dining and living spaces to create dioramas. Each ward […]
  • A long time in the making - The Robert Fergusson Unit is the national brain injuries unit treating patients from across Scotland who experience psychiatric or behavioural problems after a head injury. The unit has a multi-disciplinary team which includes: nursing staff; neuropsychiatrists; speech and language therapists; physiotherapists; occupational therapists; art therapists and social workers. We have worked with this amazing unit […]
  • Construction and De-construction at the Royal Edinburgh - We have been working with the Robert Fergusson National Brain Injury Unit for an extended period of time. This is a specialist clinic for the treatment of patients from across Scotland who have suffered psychiatric or behavioural problems after a head injury. The unit has a multi disciplinary team which includes nursing staff, neuropsychiatrists, speech […]
  • Reading Friends - Over the last months we have been working in partnership with The Scottish Book Trust and The Reading Agency to bring Reading Friends to care for the elderly wards. Reading Friends is a UK wide scheme that uses books and reading as a way of fostering friendship and creating meaningful moments that have long term […]
  • The Value of Meaningful Activities | Arts Programme Jan – Mar 2019 - We work with professional artists who are flexible and responsive in their approach and sensitive to the situations patients are in. It is this empathy that starts and sustains conversations and opens up possibilities and potentials. We have witnessed how activity can change behaviours and seen how the process of working alongside someone can change distressed and confused behaviour into engaged and concentrated behaviour that would have seemed impossible at the beginning of the workshop.
  • Prospect Bank Development Programme - Join Edinburgh’s premier cabaret singer for an hour of laughter, chat, music and song!
  • Working Together – Hospital Activities Programme Sep | Dec 2018 - The new activities programme it out!
  • Talking, Listening & learning – Hospital Activities Programme Jul – Sep 2018 - Activities for July to September 2018 – enjoy!
  • It’s Something You Said – Hospital Activities Programme Apr | Jun 2018 - The programme is a direct response to your recent feedback on our winter activities programme. In response to the needs of people on long stay elderly care wards, we will be extending our events programme and creating weekly performance events. We are also investigating new work which better supports patients as they move from the hospital to the community, so look out for Anne Elliot's new activities which are all about encouraging greater community involvement.
  • Open Show 2018: Call for Submissions - It’s nearly time for the annual staff and patient exhibition! This year it will be taking place in the gallery at the Western General Hospital from 1st March – April 2018. The exhibition so far has been developed by illustrator Laura Cave Macgowan, in collaboration with staff and patients who responded to an earlier call for […]
  • Burns Mash Up 2018 - Burns party at the Glasshouses. Not to be missed!
  • Glasshouses Art Group: Wednesday 1 – 3pm - The Glasshouses art group is back on.
  • Exchanging Knowledge - Activities programme for January through to March 2018.