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A little piece of magic in the home: Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic tours to families in Kildare and Tipperary

Posted on: December 5, 2017

This year, families in Kildare and Tipperary enjoyed what one mum called ‘a little piece of magic’ when Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic visited their homes. The Pop Up Picnic…

Helium Arts’ Creation Station at the Dublin Flea Christmas Market

Posted on: November 28, 2017

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping with Helium Arts at the Dublin Flea Christmas Market from 7-10 December. Get hands on and create your own Forest…

Your gift of creativity…

Posted on: November 15, 2017

Thank you very much! Through your kindness we will be able to connect more children and young people like Lauren with artists like Rachel to inspire them for life.  Lauren, participant…

Helium Arts Christmas

Posted on: November 15, 2017

WE BELIEVE CREATIVITY CHANGES LIVES… DO YOU? Support seriously ill children to let their creativity shine! Your contribution to our Christmas campaign 2017 will connect sick kids with artists to…

Lauren’s Story

Posted on: November 21, 2017

YOU can help seriously ill children let their creativity shine this Christmas Did you know that 16% of children in Ireland have been diagnosed with a life-long illness? These children,…

Seizure the Day: Inspiring short film by young people with epilepsy launches at the Irish Film Institute

Posted on: November 14, 2017

On Saturday 14 October, Seizure the Day, a short fictional film created by young people with epilepsy and inspired by their experiences, had its premiere at the Irish Film Institute…

Helium Arts’ Teddy Bear Clinic comes to school children in Athlone

Posted on: November 8, 2017

School children and preschoolers in Athlone will be invited to have their teddies’ vital signs checked when the Helium Arts’ Teddy Bear Clinic comes to Athlone Institute of Technology on…

Helium Arts Superhero Bazaar in Mullingar on Culture Night

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Reveal your secret Superhero on Culture Night! Come to the Superhero Bazaar at Days Bazaar in Mullingar on 22 September and discover your superpower. Families are invited to join us from…

Teen superheroes take flight! A year of adventure with CanTeen Ireland

Posted on: September 3, 2017

It’s been an amazing year of creative exploration and experimentation with CanTeen Ireland, the young people’s cancer support group, and artist mentors on our Two Suitcases community project. In April,…

Why heroism matters by Ben Murnane

Posted on: September 3, 2017

In the history of humankind, there are probably few ideas more dangerous than the notion that we can offload our problems onto some external force, who will solve them for…

Our Lives with Epilepsy: Teenagers explore their experiences on a film collaboration with Epilepsy Ireland

Posted on: August 30, 2017

This year Helium Arts has been partnering with Epilepsy Ireland on a filmmaking project, collaborating with young people who have epilepsy. In the spring, we hosted film workshops around the…

Teenagers in hospital explore their creativity on Year 2 of the Fireflies Project

Posted on: August 25, 2017

Teenagers in hospital transitioning to adult care have been exploring their creativity and building magical worlds on Year Two of Helium Arts’ Fireflies Project which concluded this July. The project…

Join Helium Arts as Digital Marketing Intern & Help Change Children’s Lives!

Posted on: July 20, 2017

At Helium Arts we believe creativity changes lives. Helium Arts programmes provide much-needed distraction and relief from the isolation, loneliness and depression caused by illness by supporting children with chronic…

Film Quiz: Supporting teens with illness to become filmmakers

Posted on: July 4, 2017

Do you know your Wonder Woman from your Mrs. Doubtfire? Your Lassie from your Hooch? Your Seagal from your Schwarzenegger? A film quiz with something for everyone & with lots of…

Temple of Treasures: Teenagers in Temple Street transform the hospital into a game environment

Posted on: June 16, 2017

An urgent communication has been received from an intergalactic voyager. You must join a team of players to decipher the clues and travel between parallel dimensions in Temple Street Children’s…

Get your family active this summer! Become a superhero for children living with illness

Posted on: May 12, 2017

This is Lisa, aka Superwoman! Lisa has had cancer twice in her young life. Lisa has told us about how she didn’t feel ‘normal’ at school because she was known as…

A fly in teddy’s throat! All the action from our Teddy Bear Check Up

Posted on: June 7, 2017

A bear who got a fly stuck in his throat after a walk in the park, a duck who lost his voice and meowed like a cat, a monkey with…

Join the Helium Arts team for a Communications Internship!

Posted on: May 31, 2017

HELIUM ARTS MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP Helium Arts is Ireland’s children’s arts and health organisation. We bring art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospital and healthcare settings…

Join Helium Arts’ Superhero Team this Summer!

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Let out your inner superhero to support teens living with chronic illness this summer! This is Lisa. Lisa is Superwoman. Lisa has had cancer twice in her young life. Lisa…

Volunteer Spotlight

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Luana Luz de Freitas Volunteer Position: Graphic Designer Time with Helium: 2 years Impact: Dozens of materials designed, from Christmas cards to strategic documents. Check out her full online portfolio!…

Luana Luz de Freitas

Volunteer Position: Graphic Designer

Time with Helium: 2 years

Impact: Dozens of materials designed, from Christmas cards to strategic documents. Check out her full online portfolio!

Home country: Brazil

In her free time? Loves to listen to all kinds of music, read on the bus and go to pubs with friends here in Dublin.

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 Meet Luana.

Having just moved here from Brazil, Luana signed up to volunteer with Helium Arts to meet some friends while doing something she loved. Little did she know that volunteering would connect her to the Dublin community in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

When Luana moved to Ireland a few years ago, she read that volunteering opportunities were very strong here. When she found that Helium was looking for a graphic design volunteer, she didn’t think twice and applied.

That was back in 2015, and since then, Luana has done loads of great projects for Helium. She has designed the Christmas cards, strategy documents, banners and fliers, as well as most recently, the Teddy Care Plan (pictured right) for Helium Arts’ Teddy Bear Check Up at LloydsPharmacy Ireland in association with UCD Paediatric Society.

See a full portfolio of Luana’s work here.

But volunteering has not only given Luana an opportunity to do work that she loves, but also it has shaped her life here.

“Thanks to Helium I met some great people, my networking has increased, it helped me to get a job in Ireland and I feel good about helping so many people while doing what I love,” Luana said.

Her work supports Helium Arts in a big way

And her work is vital to Helium Arts. As the national children’s art and health organization, Helium brings art, creativity and play to children and teenagers in hospital and community settings throughout Ireland.

Luana’s work helps us to connect and engage a wider audience, raise more funds and in turn bring the joy of creativity to many more children living with illness around Ireland.

Luana’s design for the Planet of the Capes event at the Sugarclub in April 2017

Luana also works full time and takes English classes

Luana is not only a fabulous graphic design volunteer for Helium – she is also involved with two different schools that teach English. In one she works part-time for a marketing team and in the other she is enrolled in English classes!

We know, we know. When does she have time for volunteering?

Luana loves that she can do the work from home because it saves her time not having to go to an office. This flexible schedule parallels the creative work she does for Helium.

“I like the fact that every work that I do has lots of freedom to create,” Luana said. “They might send me the directions of what they are looking for but there is still freedom to create. When you are a designer this does not happen very often.”

Well deserved time off

When she’s got some free time, Luana likes the pubs in Dublin and finds herself going to them way more than in Brazil. And we can say with certainty that she deserves every minute of her free time. Thank you Luana.

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Interested in joining amazing volunteers like Luana? Use your experience to change children’s lives! Contact anna@helium.ie with your interest.

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