Remote Art Therapy – Adapting to the Challenges of COVID-19

MOIRA’s community support programs have been working alongside the disability carer community for many years. Regular, friendly support groups across Melbourne provide opportunities for parents and carers to build and maintain valuable connections.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately put a temporary hold on all in-person catch ups, but the good news is MOIRA have been exploring new ways to promote social connection.

One way MOIRA has successfully achieved this is through the implementation of a Remote Art Therapy class for parents and carers of individuals living with disability. Adapting existing supports to an online platform has been a challenging but rewarding experience. And the opportunity to connect the carer community has been greatly welcomed and appreciated.

MOIRA’s first Remote Art Therapy class was introduced last Friday and was a big success. This first session was all about hope and how lessons from this challenging period can be channelled to create a new normal. Using the video conferencing platform Zoom, attendees were led by a qualified Art Therapist and asked to create a brooch that reflects this feeling of hope. Attendees were then encouraged to display their creation in a prominent spot in their house. By doing so, their brooches would serve as a daily reminder of the opportunities that can come from adversity.

Photo of a paper brooch created by a carer during the first remote art therapy class. Brooch is circular with rectangular pieces attached to the outside. Lots of flowers have been drawn onto the brooch using a range of colours.

Photo of a brooch created by a carer during the first remote art therapy class. Brooch has an abstract design with lots of different shapes, colours and materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to get involved? MOIRA’s Remote Art Therapy classes will be running every Friday 11am to 12pm until the 5th of June and are open to all carers residing in one of the following Victorian LGA’s:

  • Frankston City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Bayside
  • City of Glen Eira
  • Kingston City Council

To learn more and register your interest please email communitysupport@moira.org.au.

We can’t wait to get back to supporting in person opportunities for parents and carers to connect when safe to do so. But in the meantime, MOIRA will continue to innovate and use technology to support the disability community.

Unable to join the Art Therapy session but looking for ways to connect? A great place to start is MOIRA’s Disability Carer Community on Facebook. A safe space to share and connect with others online.