The aim of this toolkit is to provide you with resources and ideas for how you might run your own Poetry for Wellbeing Workshops.
The materials and ideas presented here have been tested out with a group of social workers. Those that took part said they enjoyed the experience and described the workshops as‘nourishing’, ‘fun’, ‘relaxing’, and ‘inspiring’. All said they really valued the reflective space that the workshops created. For the most part, those who took part spoke about themes relevant to them as people first and foremost, although sometimes examples and dilemmas from social work practice were touched upon. It is possible to use the poetry workshops to more explicitly reflect on themes for social work practice, choosing themes that might be specific to the service user groups you are working with. However, the wellbeing focus of this toolkit means that that it is much more focused on how the workshops can offer comfort and connection for social workers outside their professional roles.
You can find out more about how this project came about-and also read some of the poems written by participants-here.
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Bringing people and poems together