ST/ART gives people the opportunity to feel better about themselves through using art as a therapy. I was diagnosed with MS when I was about 26. So I gave up my job and I went away off around the world. I was 43, by which time I was finding it very difficult to walk and I had to give up work. What I missed was going out every day with a purpose. I was a big achiever. Before the MS took hold, I used to be very good at handwriting and I can’t even sign my name now. with my arm is so useless What ST/ART means for me is that I can go along to an art class, in the print workshop making prints, doing animation making a film. You have a volunteer artist with you when you’re doing this work and you can tell that artist exactly what you want them to do. They’ll do the work that you can’t do yourself. ST/ART, it not only makes you feel good, it makes you go out of the house. If I hadn’t been going to these classes, there are other things in different parts of my life that I’ve gone on to do because it’s given me more confidence. I was very hesitant about travelling anywhere and I got an invitation down to London. The great achievement of that was
not going to 10 Downing Street, it was the fact that I
managed to get on a train, spend a couple of days away from home and come back on the train. I didn’t think I could do that. Since I started doing the ST/ART courses, I do have more confidence and I feel really quite proud of that fact
that I’ve produced something it makes me feel good about myself.