Jill trained as a nurse and has spent most of her life, when she was not bringing up small children, in health care administration. Jill joined the Rum’s Eg Singers nearly three years ago and enjoyed singing in a choir so much, she jokingly suggested that singing was so good for you it should be available on Prescription. A year later, with the help of a wonderful team, enough money had been raised to run art and singing classes for Romsey patients.
Jill says, "It has been very rewarding seeing people really benefitting from these sessions and hope that we can continue to help more people as our service expands and becomes more well known".
Peter is a retired GP who worked in Romsey for 33 years. He is a firm believer in life style and its effect on health. A life time interest in the arts together with review of the medical evidence has convinced him that for certain patients the intervention of social prescribing and Prescription Art may be as if not more beneficial than medication, although both can complement each other.
Alan Matthews, MD, FRCP
Alan is a retired Consultant Physician who worked at Southampton and Portsmouth hospitals in Respiratory Medicine. He has a life long passion for music, particularly Schubert.
Vicki is a specialist nurse, trained counsellor and artist. She began her art career at Portsmouth School of Art, but went on to train as a nurse specialising in neurology and completed a Masters in counselling. She has enjoyed a long nursing, and counselling career that has afforded her the privilege of caring for those who often have unseen, discrete and complex health issues. Vicki now combines her art training with her clinical experience to help provide a sanctuary of therapeutic creativity and support for those in need.
Kim is a registered Social Worker and has worked in Adult Mental Health Services, Children Services, and is currently working in a CAMHS in patient unit. Kim is also a semi-professional singer, and helped develop and deliver singing workshops which aim to lift mood, boost self confidence and raise self esteem.
Kim sings in a range of different venues, including Care Homes where she carefully chooses the right material in order to allow music to trigger memories for people who maybe suffering from dementia.
Kim has delivered workshops to mental health service users, Young Carers, and conferences to promote wellbeing and team building.
Harriet is an art teacher and artist. She trained as a ceramicist in Farnham and went on to work in special needs education and delivering art as a therapeutic experience in various posts. with children, teenagers and adults.
Harriet currently works as and artist making pottery and teaches pottery classes from her studio. she joined the prescription arts team in September 2017 and is thoroughly enjoying the experience introducing others to the joy that creative art can bring.