NEWS AND BLOG
ZTA goes digital; first steps in using Therapeutic Art to support children living with HIV
Author: Diana Mintal
The workshop is ZTA’s first training programme delivered remotely and was initiated so that ZTA’s work could keep going despite the current Covid-19 restrictions, which prevented ZTA trainers travelling to Zambia.
Lesley and Joanna from ZTA met with lead personnel from the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) in 2020 to discuss how the Zambia Therapeutic Art method may be incorporated into programmes for children living with HIV. This initiative is in line with ZTA’s objective to explore the effectiveness of Therapeutic Art with different client groups in Zambia. A taster workshop for health professionals and peer counsellors from CIDRZ was proposed as a first step. As travel restrictions meant this could not be done in person by ZTA trainers, an online workshop was proposed. A workshop planning group consisting of trainers from both the ZTA and Zambian based therapeutic art teams worked with CIDRZ.
ZART becomes TAZ
As part of the Capacity Building programme for 20/21 ZART are being supported by Challenges Zambia to develop as a business. Registration as a Not for Profit organisation is being completed and they have adopted the name Therapeutic Art Zambia (TAZ). We will get more details from them as the work progresses.
New structure within ZTA
With increased manpower in the form of new trustees and researchers, ZTA is in a position to bring in some dedicated sub-groupings.
The Board is still the body with overall responsibility for ZTA in all its aspects and functions.
Operational Group: this the name given to those of us who have direct experience of the work in Zambia and are all registered Art Therapists. They are responsible for liaising directly with Zambian colleagues and updating the full Board. Currently Simon, Lesley, Liz and Joanna
Fundraising Group: Vera, Caroline and Simon
Research Group. Lesley, Sheena and Louisa.
Digital Group. Scott, James and Simon.
MEL. Jamie and Lesley.
Welcome to our new trustees
A warm welcome to our new trustees, Caroline Buckland and Jamie Dale.
In response to the advertisement posted on Good Moves Jamie and Caroline have joined the Board. They bring a range of very relevant skills and experience and are already contributing to helping us navigate these uncertain times and shape the plans for the coming years.
New trustees needed!
We are looking for new trustees to strengthen our board. These are unpaid voluntary positions.
For more information please see our advertisement at https://goodmoves.com. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2020.
CORRA Foundation granted ZTA £500.0 as part of their micro grant scheme in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. This is being used to enable electronic communication for ZART.
In addition, Micro Hubs have been purchased for the team.
Following the successful workshops run with ZART in 2019 Challenges Zambia using funds from the Access Africa Programme, completed research into the potential markets for both the training and practice of Therapeutic Art and appropriate mechanisms for delivery.
The ZTA Course delivered by Monica and Kestone to Msc students at University Training Hospital, (UTH) Lusaka. Lesley and Joanna were in Lusaka completing the work for the Capacity Building year. Lesley delivered Safeguarding Training to ZART.
The Psychology Association of Zambia (PAZ) delivered a three-day training in writing of case studies to 10 Therapeutic Art practitioners.
ZTA awarded a Capacity Building Grant from the Scottish Government Small Grant Scheme. Aims are to continue working towards sustainability with ZART and other stakeholders and to strengthen the evidence base through data gathering and case study publication.
ZART members James and Humphrey delivered Introductory lectures and workshops in Chainama Hills Hospital to students from Mukinge School of Nursing. .
News from the ZTA and TAZ teams in Scotland and Zambia.