Northern Rivers Arts Health and Wellbeing (NRAHW) Inc – a not for profit community organisation - is keen to expand, and is looking for people interested in helping to connect members of the community with opportunities to express themselves through art.

Perhaps you have a patient who is interested in joining NRAHW’s management committee to help us hold more community events or a patient who would like to volunteer to run art classes for others? Or perhaps you know of someone who would like to apply for a grant and manage a future project under the auspices of NRAHW?

To date, NRAHW has run two very successful creative arts programs for people living with cancer and their carers. The first program held last year culminated in a vibrant exhibition of artworks at the Serpentine Community Gallery in Lismore.

The second program, which finished in June, was held at Our House in Lismore, an accommodation block for people undergoing treatment at Lismore Base Hospital. Some of the creative art sessions held at Our House were felting, crafting, painting, clay work and drawing. Both programs were funded through Cancer Council NSW grants and a CASP grant for community projects.

Feedback from participants in both programs was extremely positive. They enjoyed creating art in a supportive environment with people going through similar experiences and the conversations that flowed during the sessions proved to be as healing and significant to those taking part as the artworks they created.

NRAHW also has a new website, where you can learn more about this community organisation with a big heart.