Lets meet ATELIER from Fundació Humanitària Dr. Trueta

Atelier is a new Dr. Trueta´ project started in February 2012 by Mireia Tona. The purpose is helping all the community and protect the environment by the Four R´s: Collect, Recover, Restore and Reinvent. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy, as a result reduction and reuse are the most effective ways we can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money.

What does Reduce, Reuse and Recycle mean? More  information in http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/reduce-reuse-recycle-mean-2529.html

Working as a charity shop ATELIER providing a second life for an increasing range of items, good quality and affordable priced. If you are looking for a furniture, clothes, books or toys you will find paradise!

Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Usually I left home around 9:30 AM and easier walk to ATELIER and get on time before 10:00 AM. With the doors open we choose good music and we welcome everybody with a – Bon dia a tothom!

It´s a cozy place with a special atmosphere. I love to be there meeting and talking with different people every day and help the customers to choose want they looking for.  I also collect items, repair and mostly reinvent. We must be creative and search for ideas.


Working side by side with Dr. Trueta job centre – El Merma who fights against labor market exclusion of people with mental illness through occupational therapy. ATELIER provide artistic practices including painting, drawing, collage,… may involve learning skills or art techniques, but the focus is on your inner experience, your feelings, perceptions, imagination and the relationship between yourself and others.

Some guidance and support is necessary to helping to trust themselves, specially because this population have a low self-confidence. It´s also  excellent to relieve stress or tension.

Mireia Tona is holding everybody very well. Even if she doesn´t admit – because she holds a masters degree in History from Universitat de Girona and she didn´t studied psychology or has a clinical practice of some sort – I see art therapy. A creativity development and other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language by her kindness, joy, sincerity, spontaneity and warmth.

This is my favorite activity and believe me I don´t consider myself as an artistic person. I even don´t know how to draw, paint or shoot great pictures, but I am not ”afraid” of expressing myself though art and gradually I feel more and more comfortable with this newfound form of expression. It´s a self-discovery and is incredible how I relieve stress. It´s a pleasure to be part of this activity and encourage people to express and understand emotions through the creative process.

Vera da Silva Carita

 Art Therapy, more information in http://www.thefreedictionary.com/art+therapy




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