The Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) is a national charity which provides a wide range of non-medical services complementing the medical care provided by the specialist NHS Cleft Teams, and aims to support people with cleft and their families from infancy through to adulthood.
As part of the cleft arts project, CLAPA supported public engagement events to aid education and Simon Hall worked in parallel to provide arts opportunities for young people with cleft in Bristol, London and Cambridge.
During the arts sessions young people could join in with craft, writing and playful use of art materials in a group setting.
The focus of the workshops at their heart was to have fun and encourage a sense of belonging amongst a group of peers. Participants were also encouraged to explore positive self image throughout the sessions and share their interests with staff and new friends in a relaxed and creative environment .