Headway group gets creative

Angus people suffering from brain injuries took part in a creative writing workshop this week thanks to a Dundee poet.

The Dundee and Angus Headway groups, which are peer support groups for people with acquired brain injuries, including stroke, participated in the creative programme as part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) ST/ART Project.

Family and friends joined participants to listen to examples of their creative work at celebration events in Dundee and Angus.

Dundee poet Mark Thomson led both groups through sessions of writing and critical discussion.

Members were encouraged to work on longer pieces of prose writing and several group participants now plan to continue with their personal projects beyond the programme.

Mr Thomson said: “I wanted to encourage everyone involved with this programme to express themselves and explore their imagination.

“I have been showing the groups that writing and stories can start from the most unlikely places. Even after only seven sessions, a number of participants have found their own voice and a story that want to tell.

“I believe this will encourage them to continue writing and perhaps lead to regular support through the Headway meetings.”

THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said: “This has been a return visit from Mark after the success he had with the groups a year ago. The members particularly asked to do more creative writing and we worked with Mark to make sure that this year, the programmes took them a further step forward.

“Everyone has responded so well to this second programme that we are discussing with both groups how we can produce a publication of a selection of the work.”

THAT projects promote the power of the arts to enhance quality of life, promote social inclusion, empower the individual and make a significant contribution to their well-being.