One part of my job is to facilitate creative groups for clients in our services. I love these groups

“I have been working with Dublin Simon for a year and a half now. One part of my job is to facilitate creative groups for clients in our services. I love these groups. Some of the clients can initially be anxious about trying something new but once we get started it’s always a different story. I put on calming music and we start chatting. I give out art materials and once everyone is settled they get really into it. I see it all the time! At the end of the group, they show everyone their work, proud of what they’ve created. Some of the most beautiful artwork is produced by the people who say ‘I can’t draw’ or ‘I was never good at art’. People can really surprise themselves if they are given an opportunity. I think this is what I enjoy the most about my job, watching this transformation. These creative groups are a great way to make a connection with a client before asking if they would be interested in our computer classes, going back to college or if they need some help with job applications. To see a client I started working within our Detox unit go on to start a college course or exhibit their artwork, that’s really special. I’m lucky that the classes we facilitate are really fun and the people I get to work with inspire me every day.”

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410 people came through Dublin Simon skills, education and employability initiatives with classes in literacy, personal development, arts, and drama. Find out more and donate here: gf.me/u/w45uvb