Art workshops supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of construction workers

Farrans Construction have created a unique art galley on the construction hoarding at their Altnagelvin North Wing Redevelopment Project.

The arts project is part of Farrans’ ongoing commitment to supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of their workforce through their work with the ‘Mates in Mind’ scheme and ‘Inspire’, a charity and social enterprise focused on promoting workplace wellbeing.

Farrans in partnership with Arts Care charity came up with the idea to run arts workshop with Farrans construction staff working on the Altnagelvin Project and patients and staff within the local Health and Social Care Services to create artwork which would enhance the appearance of the site hoarding around the site.

Arts Care artist Bronagh McNicholl ran the workshops with Farrans staff during their tea and lunch break. The staff found that taking part in the workshops and creating the art in their workplace took their mind off any stresses they had, helping to improve their health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Most of the participants had never been involved in art workshops before but the feedback from the staff has been extremely positive. One member of staff said ‘Creating the artwork to be displayed on the galley is like putting your own handprint onto the building’.

The stunning artwork created in the workshops with patients suffering from dementia, mental illness, cancer, children’s wards and other services are also displayed on the gallery as part of the project.

Farrans hope to replicate this project across other sites as part of our ongoing commitment to the Considerate Constructors Scheme and investment into the health and wellbeing of our staff.

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