Helium Arts is working with Ireland’s major universities to provide evidence-based recommendations for practice. This research will inform and shape future developments in the wellbeing of young people in healthcare settings regionally and nationally. Helium’s programmes have been independently assessed and young people and artists who have collaborated on our projects have shared their stories.

REFLECT Lab Evaluation

Executive Summary, HSE West, 2013

REFLECT Lab, a professional development opportunity led by Helium for artists and healthcare professionals working with children in the North West, was evaluated by Teresa Cawley, Child Health Training and Development Officer, HSE North West, on behalf of HSE West.

Gemma’s Story – OAK, Olly and Creepy the Bear: The Story of the Two Suitcases Film Week 

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Gemma Kent, a virtual participant on the Two Suitcases Project and co-writer of the 2013 short film, The Forge, writes about her experiences on the project for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s Spectrum Magazine and Spotlight series. Read here.

Two Suitcases Project – The patient writer: finding meaning in authorship and illness 

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In the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities (2013), Ben Murnane writes about living with Fanconi anaemia, turning his story into a short film in collaboration with young people on the Two Suitcases Project and creativity as a ‘strategy of survival’. Read here.

Puppet Portal Project – Independent Evaluation by SpiralOrchard

Master Document, 2010

This evaluation found that children were happier and less bored as a result of taking part in the puppetry project; that parents, guardians and staff felt the puppetry had improved the children’s mood and reduced their sense of alienation in hospital; and that the project brought creativity and humour to the hospital environment. A summary of this evaluation can be viewed here.

Puppet Portal Project – Testimonials 


Memories from children, parents and healthcare professionals who took part in the Puppet Portal Project.

Literature Review – Arts based intervention to promote transiting to adult healthcare services


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