Case Study B

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B was in her early 30s when she attended a course. She was frightened to leave her flat and was prone to serious panic attacks when away from home which meant she left home rarely. She was referred by Nottinghamshire Social Inclusion and Well-Being Team and was accompanied to the course in the first instance. After a couple of weeks she was able to attend on her own and to her surprise found the trips out really enjoyable although sometimes “taxing”.

She found the camera “gave me something to focus on – I was able to hide behind the camera”. B became a member of the Cam-Era Group and exhibited her work at the “Illuminated” exhibition at the New Art Exchange. Via her support worker she stated that the exhibitions in particular gave her the confidence and motivation to pursue other activities. She was interviewed for an article in Nottinghamshire NHS Trust ‘Positive’ magazine where she was pictured in front of the photographs she had taken as part of NPH activities and is now volunteering at Nottingham Museum.

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