What we do
Porters’ Poems is an innovative workforce development project that gives hospital porters a creative voice through poetry. There are approximately 10,000 hospital porters in the UK.
Porters’ Poems was launched at Guy’s Hospital in 2010 in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The project was led by acclaimed spoken-word artist Simon ‘Mole’ Porter, who guided the porters to write and perform poetry about hospital life. Their work was then transformed by professional illustrator Jess Wilson into permanent artworks in Guy’s Hospital Patient Transport area.
The project increased the visibility of the porters and the great work they do within the wider hospital community. The performance skills learned also helped to improve communication skills. All the porters reported a positive impact on their work environment, and 85 per cent perceived an increase in their status within the hospital. Porters also reported a positive impact on their life outside work. Breathe Arts Health Research is looking to deliver similar projects and could support the programme at other hospitals.
My wheelchair is my worktool.
My radio is my mouth.
My heart is my football team.
My country is my house.
My passion is my rock band.
My pet is my mouse.
My family’s my priority.
My phone is my spouse.
My lunch break is my day dream.
My i-Pod is my theme.
My notepad is my memories.
My shoe is bursting at the seams.
My jacket is my storeroom.
My hair’s my sunscreen.
My white shirt is my armour for the porters is my team.
The porters is my team by Tom Matthews