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black and white drawing of Áine with messy hair sitting behind a laptop with stickers that say 'ugh' and 'a4'. She is sitting in front of a bookshelf with books titled 'unsolicited advice', 'hot water bottles: a love story' and 'all the names I've forgotten'. The title reads 'Chronic chats: rants and bants for the chronically ill'.

Call for participants: Calling in Sick Peer Support Group with Áine O’Hara

 black and white drawing of Áine with messy hair sitting behind a laptop with stickers that say 'ugh' and 'a4'. She is sitting in front of a bookshelf with books titled 'unsolicited advice', 'hot water bottles: a love story' and 'all the names I've forgotten'. The title reads 'Chronic chats: rants and bants for the chronically ill'.

Call for participants: Calling in Sick Peer Support Group with Áine O’Hara

Calling in Sick is a body of work in development by artist in residence Áine O’Hara for our We Only Want the Earth 2020 Programme. Drawing on her experience of the health care system in Ireland as a person with a chronic illness, Áine is investigating how bodies are valued under capitalism; their ability to ‘produce’ and be ‘productive’, and what this means for us as a society. 

For this project Áine is seeking to develop relationships with other people who are chronically ill. In their own words, ‘I often feel very alone in my illness partly because of years of being ignored by doctors and other medical professionals and partly because I don’t know many other chronically ill people.’ 

Aine is starting a peer support group, and inviting people to get in touch to join. The group aims to be a space where chronically ill people can meet each other, relax, and talk about their experiences, (or not). Áine will have some activities that you can take part in, or, if you want you can just tune in and listen. As with many other things this idea has moved online and she will be running this group via a video platform for four weeks in May. 

The group will be small initially so that everyone has time to talk, to see if it works and is helpful. If there is interest the group may develop and grow in future. In addition they are developing activities and a newsletter that they will send out to everyone who gets in touch. 

If you would like to join please contact Áine via aineoharaart@gmail.com and she will reply with more details.

If you are interested in the newsletter and activities but not the group you can put ‘newsletter only’ in the subject line.

Further Information
Aine O’Hara: https://a4sounds.org/aine-ohara/
We Only Want the Earth Programme: https://a4sounds.org/we-only-want-the-earth/

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