Performance marks end of programme

Group members are pictured at their performance.
Group members are pictured at their performance.

People living with COPD shared their ‘Creative Moves’ recently at Forfar’s Guide Hall.

Participants in the Creative Engagement for COPD Angus programme have been exploring their expressive performance techniques during an eight-week programme.

The performance, which was shared with family and friends, is part of a programme funded by Creative Scotland, NHS Tayside and delivered by the Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT).

The organisation promotes the therapeutic value of arts-based programmes to enhance quality of life, promote social inclusion and empower people to help them make a significant contribution to their health and well-being.

Performance sessions, developed by THAT staff and dancer Ania Kielinska, focused on combining the qualities of expressive movement to music which are beneficial for long-term health conditions.

Ania said: “They have been a really interesting group to work with, bringing a lot of enthusiasm and humour and so we always had a lot of fun. They have worked together as a group and helping each other progress week-by-week.

“They have risen to all of the challenges set and I have loved working with them.”

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is an obstructive lung disease which causes chronically poor airflow. It worsens over time and its main symptoms include shortness of breath, and a cough.

Tobacco smoking is the most common cause, with factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role.

Long-term exposure to these irritants causes an inflammatory response in the lungs resulting in narrowing of the small airways and breakdown of lung tissue known as emphysema.

Karine Neill, THAT development officer, also said the local scheme has been part of a broader approach.

She said: “This is a new initiative and is part of a wider delivery of programmes across Tayside which explores the effectiveness of using three different art forms with different long-term condition groups.

“They have been a really dedicated group and are well supported and encouraged by their peers, which makes it possible to learn and enjoy being part of something.”