Healing Arts

Zest arts in health launched in July 2008 with a vision to take a patient focused approach to arts in health across Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. It is kindly suported by Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

We have since developed a vibrant catalogue of projects using all forms of visual and performing arts to help improve the patient experience and create an environment which reflects the high level of care provided in the Trust.

Zest projects are quite unique in that we have an arts in health scheme not singularly focused on environmental changes but also the benefits which participating in creative activity can bring.

Zest has become a gateway between the healthcare and our local community, involving many people in our projects by forging valuable partnerships with local community groups, schools and colleges.


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Judith’s stories lift patients spirits

Caring Volunteer, Judith Dixon, is helping to raise patient’s spirits at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals - six years after retiring from her 40 year career in nursing.

Judith, aged 66 from Lodgemoor, reads to patients at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit every week as part of the hospitals ‘Zest Arts in Health Readers Project’, which was set up following the success of a reading group at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital’s Stroke Rehabilitation Unit.

Patients recovering from varying degrees of brain injury at the Northern General Hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit as well as patients at the ongoing Stroke group, really look forward to the weekly reading sessions where they listen to news articles, poems and local favourites such as ‘Weerz me Dad’ by Fred Pass.


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