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Positive reception for isolated resident’s artwork

22 April 2020

A Brighton man who painted artwork to help stay in good mental health during self-isolation has seen his work displayed in the Sanctuary Supported Living service where he lives.

Freddie with his artwork.Talented Freddie pictured with his artwork

Freddie Parker has been a resident of Brighton and Hove Foyer, which provides supported housing for young people, for the past two-and-a-half years.

When the country went into lockdown a month ago, Freddie found the isolation testing for his mental health.

To help tackle this, Deputy Local Service Manager Jan Weston-Shaw suggested he pursue his passion for artistic endeavours and produce a piece of artwork for the Foyer’s reception area.

Supplied by Jan with an old picture frame and some craft supplies, Freddie worked to produce a colourful three-dimensional piece depicting a bed of flowers.

Jan’s efforts to help Freddie are an example of the personally tailored support by Sanctuary Supported Living services across the country, albeit unique to the current circumstances.

She said: “Social distancing can take a real toll on our mental health, as it was starting to for Freddie.

“By receiving some support to pursue and engage with something he was passionate about, we were able to keep his spirits up and his artwork has, in turn, cheered up people passing through our reception area who have enjoyed it immensely.”

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