Before I typed the title, I had been thinking about how many different types of 'works in progress' there can be in our lives. There could be projects in work, or with our homes, or within ourselves - so many levels of 'work' that can be discovered when you start looking into it.
This month, I am tackling several of these at once!
As a tutor at the Take pART Brecon workshops (an arts charity providing access to professional art resources and tutors), I was asked to 'take part' in a group exhibition of tutors and students, at the Theatr Brycheiniog - wow!
The theme is 'Work in Progress'. On one level, this describes art as it moves through the creative processes - and some of the art on display this month is not yet completed.
Then, a second type of progress was brought to the surface - I had an appointment date sent through for my (now annually) check-up at the Heath hospital.. and I thought of how my health is a work in progress, having been recovering and regaining itself, following my stem cell transplant 4 years ago.
As I looked back over the memories connected with this, I was reminded of all those who had helped me on a professional level,, and what I could do to try to offer something in return, because being looked after, and learning that it is OKAY to be looked after was definitely a work in progress!
The hospitals I spent time in, they have funding - of a sort (but for how long or how well funded is a whole new conversation!!). The other venue that helped me enormously, was Usk House Hospice in Brecon, part of the St David's Foundation and day hospices. They picked me up in their red minibus, along with a gang of lovely pensioners, and trundled us off to the Hospice. There, I would be made cups of tea, chat to the other patients and listen in fascination to their stories of life; the lovely staff and volunteers would ask how we were and offer a shoulder or an ear (funny how supporting people emotionally is described as physically too, or rather, not funny at all, as the holistic approach works best! ); we would be cooked lunch, offered activities or a rest, and most blissfully, offered free holistic therapies...
I couldn't have massage due to the Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, but I was allowed to have reflexology! It was my first time trying it, and I LOVED it. My day at the Hospice each week was full of humour, of relaxing, of listening to the 'old folk', and where I remembered that being creative was what made me smile inside and out.
All of this wonderful support, relies on donations to their charity.
And I often wonder how I can say 'thank you' to them.
So, I wrote to them as I hung the exhibition, and asked if I could raise funds for them by advertising my big Gaia feltscape as a fundraiser! They said yes, so I will add their charity number below so that everyone can see this is a genuine request ;)
It would be wonderful if someone would be able to buy it, or if a group of people clubbed together... by sharing this post and letting your contacts know, we may be able to achieve this! Gais is 4 x 3 feet, created from 8 layers of wool - she represents nurturing, and the cycle of life, the life-force. She is framed and is for sale for £900.
I will add a photo of her here too... if you able to visit the whole exhibition where she is hanging, it is open Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm.
Thank you for reading.. let me know if you have something going on as a work in progress, on whatever level.
St David's Hospice Care, Registered Charity Number: 1010576