Kathleen Steele, Pilgrims Hospices Wellbeing Practitioner with Kyla Szukala, Pilgrims Complementary Therapist, were pleased to display the finished crochet blanket made by patients during lockdown virtual therapy sessions.
Kathleen explained: “We ran a virtual crochet therapy group during COVID lockdown, where our services users could learn crochet as a new skill or take part in something they already enjoyed. Patients were invited to crochet squares, they would be combined to make a beautiful blanket at the end of the wellbeing sessions. Now, the squares have been collected and Kyla has crocheted them all together to showcase a very beautiful finished blanket.”
The group met via Zoom calls when the hospice Therapy Centres were closed.
“Some of us were more technically minded than others, therefore it took a little time to get the whole group online together to enjoy the therapy sessions, we laughed a lot which is great therapy in itself. Crafts can help focus the mind, release stress and ease the burden of health conditions, and help in decision making which is good for wellbeing.” Kathleen told us.
The blanket has been handed to the Pilgrims fundraising team, who will use it to raise funds for continued hospice care.
Crafts can help focus the mind, release stress and ease the burden of health conditions, and help in decision making which is good for wellbeing.
The Wellbeing team know it’s vitally important to continue services during such difficult times, and while patients were unable to attend the hospice Wellbeing and Therapy Centres due to the COVID restrictions, the care team looked for alternative ways to engage with them. Zoom calls were a brilliant method of keeping in touch.
By holding the group virtually, all participants were able to speak together, share experiences and generally enjoy some additional company and interaction, which is so important during these difficult times.
Crochet Together was just one of many virtual therapy groups provided by the Wellbeing Practitioners. The group was inspired by Kyla, who helped to plan the creative therapy group with Kathleen.
Pilgrims Wellbeing Programme is free if you live in east Kent and you have been diagnosed with an incurable illness. It aims to enhance wellbeing, in mind and body.
A whole team of Pilgrims expert nurses, doctors and therapists work together to craft a personalised individual plan for each person.
By working alongside GPs and healthcare professionals, the team can identify the best options for individuals. All programmes are flexible to allow the right support when it’s needed most.
Services are also available for carers, who can be friend or family, to support them too with self-care.
If you’re interested in working with the Pilgrims care team or volunteering your services to support our patients, visit pilgrimshospices.org/jobs and pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer for more information.