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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!…

Teddy Care Plan

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Thank you for joining us in LloydsPharmacy for the Teddy Bear Check Up in April! A link to your Teddy Care Plan is below. In it you’ll find lots of…

Connecting with patient experience: Helium Arts workshop with UCD Nursing Students

Posted on: May 11, 2017

In April 2017, Helium Arts delivered a workshop for Third Year Nursing Students participating in the Arts and Health Elective Module at UCD coordinated by artist Emma Finucane. Anna McCarthy, Helium’s…

Teddy Bear Check Up Photo Competition Terms and Conditions

Posted on: April 25, 2017

Win a Faber-Castell Art Supplies Hamper! Special thanks to Faber-Castell for the donation  Guidelines Upload your ‘Teddy Bear Check Up’ photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram Use the hashtag #teddycheckup…

Picnic Project: A theatre project for young children with complex needs

Posted on: April 19, 2017

With spring upon us we have been delving into our picnic baskets and stretching out our blanket in preparation for taking our Picnic Project to our wonderful families in Kildare!…

Teens at Temple Street Hospital experiment with robots, graffiti art and gaming on the Fireflies Project

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Teenagers on Helium Arts’ Fireflies project at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital are currently experimenting with robots, graffiti art, ideas of play and gaming in collaboration with resident artist Siobhán Clancy….

Call for Volunteers! Teddy Bear Check Up

Posted on: April 13, 2017

Helium Arts is looking for volunteers to take part in the Teddy Bear Check Up at Lloyd’s Pharmacy on 28 & 29 April. About the Event The Helium Arts’ Teddy…

What’s inside the suitcase? Top tips from our Artist in Residence for packing art materials for the hospital

Posted on: April 9, 2017

Everyone is always curious to know ‘what’s inside the case?!’ Siobhán Clancy, Helium’s artist in residence at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, gives her top tips on packing arts materials for…

Everyone is always curious to know ‘what’s inside the case?!’ Siobhán Clancy, Helium’s artist in residence at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, gives her top tips on packing arts materials for a hospital residency and what you need to keep handy!

The Fireflies project at Temple Street is fortunate to be supported by Flying Tiger Ireland so many of our materials comes from this store. Our latest, most exciting acquisition is an ‘Action Kamera’ which has a waterproof case allowing participants to shoot films underwater! Funding from our principal funder, the BNP Paribas Foundation, allows us to buy materials from other sources.

Top tips from  Siobhán when packing art materials for work in a hospital:

Don’t overpack. You’ll be on the move all day and need to find everything quickly. Pack wisely and make sure you can easily carry your materials up and down stairs.

Sterilising fluid. It’s possible to get travel-sized bottles of sterilizing fluid to keep your hands infection free while on the go.

Keep it clean. Make sure all materials can be wiped down with sterilizing wipes or sprayed with cloths to stop the spread of infection. Dispose of papers and other absorbent materials even when unused after a period agreed with hospital staff.

Cover up. Use waterproof casing or sticky contact on technology tools such as tablets and cameras to avoid getting any potential infectious material into hidden crevasses. We use an ‘Otter Box’ for our iPad. Be aware that sterilizing fluid will discolour plastic.

Bring flyers. Participants and guardians will want to know about your role in the hospital so have your contact details to hand. A flyer is a handy way to give a lot of information at once and link to more details. Ideally, your picture would be on the flyer to verify your identity.

Make it colourful. Choose colourful papers and pens to brighten up everyone’s day. It’s always helpful to have a range of cards and papers.

Avoid glitter and powders. Fine grains and glitter can damage hospital equipment and exacerbate respiratory problems.  Glitter glue can offer a safe alternative to loose glitter. Remember: if in doubt, leave them out!

Be careful with sharp tools. Always supervise the use of scissors. Only offer craft knives to young people that have steady hands and are fully cognisant. Keep all sharp items away from hospital equipment and cables.

Stay hygienic. Have a habit of cutting tape with your teeth or putting a pencil behind your ear? Be aware that this can spread infection so don’t do it in the hospital.

Surprises. It’s always great to have something in the case that you don’t know what to do with or something unusual. These things start conversations and allow opportunities for someone else to teach you something new!

Top 10 items for working in a hospital:

A clock to keep track of time.

A tablet: it takes photos, video and audio, facilitates research online and the use of apps to create and disseminate art work. Don’t forget to bring a charger for your technology tools. It’s terrible when you run out of juice mid-movie!

A few plastic erasers and a craft knife to make your own stamps. No matter what a participant’s interest, everyone loves to have a unique stamp with their initials! Even if they can’t make it themselves, it’s a fast and enjoyable way to keep your hands busy while spending time by the side of a patient and chatting. Don’t forget to bring an ink pad! (Remember plastic works far better than rubber erasers).

Non-toxic glue: always check the label and do a sniff test before purchasing to make sure it won’t cause dizziness or nausea

Extra Space: you never know what you will find or make so always have a little bit of room to add something special.

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