Creative workshops explore people’s relationships with food

A new range of creative workshops designed to help people explore their relationship with food are underway in Liverpool.

With funding from Sanctuary Housing, the Art Clinic, which is a social enterprise that delivers issue based workshops, has launched the sessions for participants to look at their relationship with food through creative means, ranging from drama workshops to exercise classes.

Creative workshops

Looking at the emotional, behavioural and societal influences that contribute to their personal diets, participants are being supported to engage in existing activities in their community, including exercise classes, allotment projects and cookery classes, which may support them with any issues.

Themes that emerge from the workshops will later be used to write a script for a community performance to take place during summer 2017, portraying the difficulties that real people face regarding food and diet.

As part of the programme of workshops, there is also a plan to do a session especially aimed at family groups to help them change their diets and improve their health.

“Feel encouraged to come along”

Michelle Richards from the Art Clinic said: “These workshops are a great chance for people to get really creative while focusing on an important health issue. January is the perfect time for people to start thinking about their relationship with food so we hope that local people will feel encouraged to come along and join in.”

“Start thinking about healthy eating”

Deborah Sayers, Sanctuary’s area manager for Housing in Liverpool, added: “Making sure our residents live healthy and happy lifestyles and ensuring they have access to the care and support services they need is a key ambition for us. As we bring to a close the recent period of excess that Christmas celebrations bring and progress through the cold winter months, it would seem the ideal time for people to start thinking about healthy eating and looking at their relationship with food.

“I am encouraged by how well taster sessions have already been received by our residents and I hope that the creative element this programme brings will entice more people to sustain an interest.”

When are the sessions taking place?

The next creative session is set to take place on 25 January at the Olive Mount Community Centre, with others coming up in the following months. To find out more, contact Michelle Richards by emailing theartclinic@gmail.com or phone 07403 620529. You can also find more information on The Art Clinic Facebook page.

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or visit the Grand Ideas Fund webpage at https://www.sanctuary-housing.co.uk/about-the-grand-ideas-fund