REFLECT Lab was a professional development opportunity led by Helium for artists and healthcare professionals working with children in the North West under the Arts Council of Ireland Local Partnership Scheme with Sligo County Council Arts Services, HSE West (Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal), Letterkenny General Hospital, and Sligo General Hospital. REFLECT Lab is a model of cross-sector co-mentoring devised and delivered by The Sage Gateshead, UK.
In 2011, participants from the arts and health sectors in the North West came together for a year to engage in a co-mentoring relationship with a view to sharing skills and experience between the two sectors. A Train the Trainers programme ran alongside the main co-mentoring programme so that Irish arts organisations could learn the skills required to implement future co-mentoring projects. Through the REFLECT Lab programme, Helium hoped to advance the understanding of the mutual benefits of arts and health partnerships.
In autumn 2012, Helium offered a bursary to artists and healthcare professionals who took part in REFLECT Lab. The bursary was awarded to Margot Jones, Theatre Practitioner, and Winifred McNulty, Senior Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), who collaborated on a series of drama and speech and language therapy workshops for children with expressive/receptive speech and language delay in 2014.
An evaluation of the project undertaken by the HSE is available to read here
View the REFLECT Lab case study on artsandhealth.ie, the national website for arts and health in Ireland.