ST Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane volunteer artist Venus Ganis is connecting with and inspiring young people who take part in the Hospital’s LEAP into Life pain management program.
The program runs for two weeks every school holidays and helps young people from 14 years, who live with chronic pain, to better understand and manage their pain.
It is the only adolescent pain management program in Australia designed specifically for young people and includes physical and social activities, such as art sessions lead by Ms Ganis, who has 40 years teaching experience.
“It’s wonderful to be able to use my skills and experience as a teacher and an artist to help young people express themselves and have a creative release while they are working so hard to learn techniques to understand and manage their pain,” Ms Ganis said.
“With each new group it’s a creative, collaborative journey. I love finding out what each young person enjoys doing whether it’s painting, drawing or collage and tailoring the art sessions to those likes.”
This National Volunteer Week (May 9 -15) St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane celebrates the happiness volunteers give to others and in-turn feel themselves.
About 63 volunteers generously donate their time daily, weekly or monthly to Give Happy and Live Happy – the National Volunteer Week theme first introduced in 2015.
Volunteers like Ms Ganis, who enjoys being able to share her skills and knowledge.
“To see young people engaging with art is wonderful, especially when we do something fun like ‘splat’ art where they throw paint at a canvas, they just light-up,” Ms Ganis said.
“It’s incredibly rewarding to see that enjoyment on a young person’s face who is living with chronic pain. The whole experience gives me so much satisfaction.”
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane thanks their dedicated and hardworking volunteers.To learn more about volunteering at the hospital visit: www.svphb.org.au