How colouring in is helping bring isolated people in from the cold

Margaret Stephenson Gray, Project Co-Ordinator for Happy at Home.
Margaret Stephenson Gray, Project Co-Ordinator for Happy at Home.

A befriending service for isolated people in South Tyneside is aiming to help relieve stress through a colouring-in project.

Happy At Home, which arranges visits to dozens of elderly people throughout the borough, has been given a financial boost for its scheme.

It’s a real stress-buster. Adult colouring has become a growth area with many adults finding it can help them to reduce stress.

Margaret Stephenson Gray, project co-ordinator for Happy at Home

Bosses at the service have been handed £370 by The Cultural Spring, an Arts-Council funded project working in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

The Happy at Home Project has been developed by South Tyneside Council and Churches Together in South Tyneside and the money from the spring’s Your Art scheme will help pay for colouring workshops.

Margaret Stephenson Gray, project co-ordinator for Happy at Home, said: “It’s a real stress-buster. Adult colouring has become a growth area with many adults finding it can help them to reduce stress.

“Colouring-in in a group will enable people who usually spend their days alone, to come together to share an activity and encourage them to make friends.

“Participants would be elderly people who are visited by the Happy at Home Project, and the befrienders who visit them. If the workshop is a success, then it is hoped to run a further three or four workshops.

“We’d like to run the first workshop in January or February. If successful, then the other workshops would be run between February and April.”

The 10 wards included in Cultural Spring are Biddick Hall and All Saints, Boldon, Cleadon, Whitburn/Marsden and Whiteleas in South Tyneside, and Castletown, Red House, Southwick, Fulwell and Roker/St Peter’s in Sunderland.