It has not been easy for anyone over the last few months. What a strange time in modern history we are facing! In hundreds of years people will look back at this period and talk about it, just as we do when we talk about historic events. To actually live through one major historic significant event may be enough for anyone to cope with, so lets hope that COVID19 is put to bed very soon so we can all get on with our lives.
BCAT has been able to use this period to really focus on changing the way we work. Most of it through necessity as we face challenges we never thought we would ever face. But lets be positive - we were one of the lucky charities to be able to obtain a grant to support us at least until December. We have been able to use this time to really refocus BCAT and its services - at the heart of this is always the clients and our communities. But change needs to come within in every situation, so we will be implementing some major changes over the next few months. Including increasing our staff, increasing our service offer and streamlining our administrative work.
Part of this is a real focus on social media so i give you.........lots of planned articles from now on, themed and researched on different elements of mental health, arts therapies and arts in health. It has been a big learning curve but it will be worth it if we are able to spread our message further.
BCAT TV will be launching September 1st - a channel dedicated to therapeutic arts for children. How exciting - we would never have been able to do that without this time to focus!
So read on and enjoy!
Richard Mole is the Deputy CEO of BCAT, having started as a volunteer in 2016, working his way up to Project Manager responsible for building the arts in health department.