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Inspiring creativity at Mater Dei: Raising Spirits Website launched

Posted Date: 05/11/2011 - 5 November 2011


At some point of our lives, each and everyone of us had to take a long walk down white lighted corridors, bearing an inadequate ‘gifts’ of packets of orange juice and sugar-free biscuits whilst wondering how one should behave or what one should one say to someone recovered in a hospital bed…

The dismal feelings are even worse felt by patients whatever their condition or ailment or how long their recovery in hospital takes. This is why the project Raising Spirits has been launched, aiming to turn this atmosphere into a joyous one within health care settings.

Raising Spirits is a flagship project launched within the Framework of the European Year of Volunteering 2011. This one-year project is being led by SOS Malta in partnership with Mater Dei Hospital, Malta Cancer Foundation, Voices Foundation and The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts and its overall objective is to promote and develop an enabling and facilitating environment for creative and artistic volunteering within healthcare, aimed at improved patient recovery and community well-being.

So as to achieve this a volunteer-based structure called the Volunteer Committee has been set up and is currently working to get this project up and running. Indeed the Volunteer Committee has launched its new website and here one can find news about the performances being organised at Mater Dei in November and December, a mini bio about the volunteers in the committee and further information about the project. The Website launched also provides the facility for artists, performers and event organisers to put forward their proposals or express their interest to perform at Mater Dei and in the future other health centres.

Through its partnerships and planned activities, Raising Spirits will lead to the exploration and development of synergies between stakeholders working within the health, creative and artistic and volunteering sectors. Furthermore, this exchange and the activities implemented within the Raising Spirits project will produce a three-year Action Plan aimed at introducing regular creative and artistic volunteering activities on the national healthcare calendar of events.

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