Art Therapy

Young people who are facing a range of challenges will benefit from art therapy sessions supported by a grant from the Manx Lottery Trust.

Manx Children’s Art Therapy (formerly Teapot Trust Isle of Man), which provides clinical creative therapies for children and teenagers with health conditions and mental health challenges, has been awarded a grant of £48,300 from Manx Lottery Trust. The funding will be used over three years to part-finance the provision of art therapy services at The Children’s Centre.

The Manx Children’s Art Therapy service has already made a positive difference to the lives of local children at the CAMHS Unit at Noble’s helping them find a greater sense of wellbeing. The charity has now partnered with The Children’s Centre to provide a four day a week service.

Joff Whitten, Head of the Children’s Centre, said: ‘Our partnership with Manx Children’s Art Therapy is a wonderful development and opportunity for us as a charity. Sometimes the children we work with need specific therapies. This new service means we can provide the right support at the right time.’

Jeremy Theobald, Director at Manx Children’s Art Therapy, added: ‘We receive no NHS or Government funding so are reliant on the generosity of others, be they trusts, corporate partners, philanthropists or supporting fundraisers. We have been kindly supported by the Manx Lottery Trust, but as a relatively new charity on the island, we need to do more to raise funds, awareness and build a volunteer network.’

Armed Forces

Diane Kelsey MLC has been appointed as the gov’s Armed Forces Champion. In the role, the politician who spent 23 years as an Engineer Officer with the Royal Air Force (RAF) will encourage recognition and support for men and women, who serve, or have served, in the British Armed Forces. 

Mrs Kelsey, who served with the RAF across the world, will take over from Juan Watterson SHK after 10 years in the position. Mr Watterson was instrumental to the Isle of Man Government achieving Gold Award status in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme in 2021.

Mrs Kelsey, said: ‘I am excited to continue the good work of Mr Watterson, in further developing the scope and depth of the Armed Forces Covenant – especially the hard-earned Gold Award.

‘I’m looking forward to acting as one of the leads for the Armed Forces on the Island and strengthening relationships with UK Defence agencies.’

Mr Watterson will continue his service to the Island’s Armed Forces community in his duties as Honorary Colonel of the Army Cadet Force (Isle of Man) which is a separate MOD appointment and on various related charities.

He said: ‘I am very happy to hand over this role to Diane who brings a wealth of experience and contacts.  After a decade in post, it feels the right time to hand on to a well-qualified individual who can bring their own ideas to the role and I look forward to supporting her in this important work for our Armed Forces community.’

Party’s Over

Sky News reported last night that up to 20 people will be fined over the Whitehall parties held while the country was in lockdown during the early days and weeks of the pandemic. It is believed these punishments are only the first, and more are expected as over 100 people were handed questionnaires by the Metropolitan Police.

The Broadcaster said: ‘Whitehall sources suggested the fines could come as early as Tuesday, but the Met may change its timetable.’

Boris Johnson received one on 11 February and, like everyone else, had seven days to respond to the document which carried a legal requirement of truthfulness.