Why did you start volunteering with Trinity?

I am training to be an art therapist. After doing my first placement in a school, I decided that for my second-year placement I wanted to work with adults. My university suggested Trinity as an ideal place for me.

Can you explain a bit about what you do in your volunteer role?

To get my art therapy qualification I am required to complete 100 days on placement across my two years of study. I volunteer two days per week at Trinity and help with the weekly art therapy group as well as running one-to-one sessions. These activities give clients the chance to express their emotions and to be themselves. It’s an opportunity for them to do something creative whilst also discussing how they feel. We have lots of art materials available and clients can choose to use whatever creative method they like. 

What do you enjoy about your role?

Working with adults has a different dynamic as opposed to working with children. It is interesting to see how people use art and how they enjoy the art therapy space that we have at Trinity. It is really calm here and when I come into the hospice I feel as if everything slows down and takes me away from the busy London life.

I have developed a lot of skills since starting at Trinity. I hadn’t had experience of doing art therapy in groups before so that has been great.

What do you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Trinity?

Don’t worry before coming to volunteer at Trinity. Everyone here is really nice and you can just be yourself. Don’t be shy to ask questions as well. You won’t be on own your own and will be supported throughout your time here.