Portrait image of Alison Watt

Alison Watt

“When you’re in the kitchen, there’s machinery, there’s people talking, there’s so much going on. Yet, when you come here – it’s silent, you know, it’s quite quiet. You can hear the birds.”

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Portrait of Anne Elliot

Anne Elliot

“When I’m looking to unwind at the end of the day, I know that a quiet time is round about 5 o’clock, when everybody’s leaving their work or having to return to the wards. So that is a time I can potter about and unwind.”

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Portrait of Anthony Kramers

Anthony Kramers

“This is a special place. It’s a haven in the midst of painful realities.”

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Portrait of Chloe Brain

Chloe Brain

“This is where I go to take a breather, have lunch, sunbathe – it’s a very good sunbathing spot because it’s a courtyard so there’s no wind really and it gets hot, which I like. Sometimes I’ll call my mum.”

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Portrait of Cleudes Da Silva Golebiowski

Cleudes da Silva Golebiowski

“I come to the park to rest my mind a little bit. I can feel the air is clear. I’m from Brazil, and the light and the birds in the trees, in the green, remind me of my place.”

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Portrait of Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin

“It’s somewhere where I can physically shut the door. They tend to be quiet spaces.”

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Portrait of Julie McGourty

Julie McGourty

“I come out by myself usually, maybe a bit of a break between the two sessions that I do because sometimes it’s quite nice to have five minutes to yourself and just decompress a little bit. It’s very peaceful. Being outside and seeing plans and things is good for your mental health, there’s no doubt.”

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Portrait of Megan Davies

Megan Davies

“My haven is here in my office, which is probably a strange thing to say, but in here there are a lot of the things which make me feel slightly like I’ve removed the antiseptic smell of the hospital corridor. I can just shut the door here, it’s a bit quiet for a while.”

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Portrait of Sharon Warrington

Sharon Warrington

“It’s just quiet and when you’ve been in a busy ward, sometimes it’s just nice to come out and take five minutes to yourself.”

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Portrait of Terry Henderson

Terry Henderson

“The place I escape to, I call it my howf. Get in here, close the door, and I can do my wee projects at lunchtime and it’s just nice and relaxing.”

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