About a year ago the Cardiff chapter of the Silverlining Brain Injury Charity was relaunched. We at Hugh James are delighted to have supported the group by hosting monthly meetings and offering refreshments to the service users and professionals who attend.
The charity’s mission is to “engage and unite the brain injured with the wider community in such a way which invigorates, motivates, and rehabilitates. This helps all those affected by brain injury (Silverliners) rediscover a sense of purpose, direction and meaning as well as educating the public to the plight of those affected. We believe our mission can be achieved through supporting purposeful projects, challenges and activities which benefit the individual and the wider community.”
Despite being relatively new, the Cardiff branch has already arranged many activities, but without doubt, the most successful has been the “Silver Sketchers” art classes which take place every Thursday at Insole Court in Llandaff.
The classes started in early 2018 and everyone who has attended has really enjoyed them, even those who didn’t think it would be for them. One service user thought the classes would not be something that he would appreciate, but now he is enjoying art in his spare time with his grandchildren and it has really brought them closer together. Another service user, who battles with everything having to be perfect, is experimenting with colour and portraits and enjoying using different media.
The workshops, which have been run by Beth Morris and sponsored by Stokes Case Management, have resulted in many wonderful masterpieces.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the launch of the Silverlining Art Exhibition, a private evening viewing on Wednesday, which showcased the ‘Silver Sketchers’ art work to their friends and family. It was breath-taking to see the artwork that has been produced and wonderful to speak with ’Silver Sketchers’ themselves; I know they are delighted with what they have achieved and are proud that their art is being displayed in such an incredible setting at Insole Court.
If you would like to attend the exhibition, it is open to the public until Sunday 1 July. Everyone is welcome.