Earlier this year, the Staff Lottery Bids Panel supported a bid to brighten up the space of Ynys Saff at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Cardiff Royal Infirmary in an aim to create a safe and nurturing environment for those who come to use the Sexual Assault Service. By installing the artwork depicting nature scenes in key waiting areas, the department has now been transformed into a safe and inviting space for individuals waiting for their appointments and examinations.

In the recent Staff Lottery Bids Panel Meeting, Phase 2 of the ‘Art for SARC’ project has been approved to install wall vinyls at the Paediatric Area of Ynys Saff. Following regional SARC developments, Ynys Saff is already the Paediatric Hub for South East Wales for clients under the age of 14 who have experienced acute sexual assault.

The first phase of the project has been a great success, and is already making a huge difference in Ynys Saff to adults who use the service by making it a more calming and warming environment. Phase 2 of the project will focus on the Paediatric area, in an aim to create child-friendly spaces for interview, support, advocacy and examination.

Improving this clinical environment will make an incredible difference to children who have experienced sexual assault from across Cardiff and Vale, as this is also where children from across the whole of south, west and mid Wales undergo forensic examinations. Adding points of interest and joyful imagery will help to engage with the younger clients, and will help them feel safe, secure and grounded. These improvements will also have a positive impact on the wellbeing of staff throughout their daily interactions with traumatised clients.

The Staff Lottery Bids Panel have been delighted to support both phases of this project, and recognise the importance of the service and its impact on its users. By providing a brighter and warmer space during such a difficult time will make their time spent at Ynys Saff a more welcoming experience. The Bids Panel hope the artwork brings solace and tranquillity to those who need it most.

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By joining the Staff Lottery, you are actively supporting a wide range of projects funded by the Bids Panel which enhance countless services across the UHB. Through this funding, you are helping the Bids Panel and Health Charity make things better for both our staff and patients, helping us all work together to create a more Prosperous, Healthier and Resilient Wales.

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