Cancer Focus Northern Ireland’s Art Therapy service is for anyone affected by cancer. Art therapy helps you express emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress and depression when words fail. It also gives you time out to relax and gives a greater sense of well-being. Experience and skill in art aren’t needed. You can choose one-to-one art therapy or be part of a small group, whichever you prefer.
Cancer Focus NI’s Art Therapy is led by our experienced registered Art Therapist, Joanne Boal, and is available for adults at the Cancer Focus NI service centre at Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, and at the Macmillan Centre, Belfast City Hospital. Sessions are also held at various venues across Northern Ireland.
Joanne supports children through and after their cancer treatment at our Belfast service centre and she also works with young patients at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children on Tuesday afternoons.
This activity enables you to use a mixture of art and writing to create and maintain a journal or diary of your experience on your cancer journey. This is a series of workshops that will give you the skills to continue your journal at home or in hospital. It’s the only art journaling service of its kind in Ireland.
Colours of my mind
Flight of fancy
Art Service Online
Due to COVID-19, our face-to-face Art Services have been paused. However, we are now offering Art Therapy, Art Journaling and Share a Skill groups online via Zoom with our Art Therapist Joanne Boal up until Christmas.
i) Art Therapy for cancer patients
Every Thursday afternoon (2.00pm – 3.30pm)
Materials you need: coloured pens/markers, paint (if you have any) and a sketchbook (blank paper).
ii) Art Journaling for cancer patients
Every Friday morning (11.00am – 12.30pm)
Materials you need: coloured pens/markers, scissors, glue stick, paint (if you have any), sketchbook (blank paper) and magazines.
iii) Share a Skill group for anyone affected by cancer
Every Friday afternoon (2.00pm – 3.30pm)
Share a Skill group is open to anyone affected by cancer. It is an opportunity for you to do a variety of handcrafts.
2021 Vision Board Workshop
Experience and skill in art isn’t needed.
These groups are an opportunity for you to be creative and interact with other cancer patients online. If you would like to join, please email Joanne on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invite to the Zoom meeting.