So whether you want to understand cultural social prescribing, practice delivering online or find collaborators for funding and creative projects, we hope we have something to offer you. Helen’s background is in dance and she has worked in the arts and learning sector for local authorities, theatres and health organisations. She has managed arts and cultural activities in the community and health sector and has worked at the Trust since 2012. At Arts for Health we work with our clinical teams to provide creative delivery of high quality, inclusive engagement, bringing benefits to our service users, carers and staff and improving clinical outcomes. We work with our facilities and estates team to enhance health environments within and across the Trust patch.
Arts and musical activities for health have been explored in contexts including treatment of acute and long-term conditions, health prevention, health literacy, and health promotion. In our current political and economic climate, which is forcing a reassessment of human priorities, and where wellbeing is a declared government priority, arts in health offer a professional, value-for-money contribution to mainstream health care. They can contribute to shortening the length of hospital stay, reduce patient medication and lower reliance on GP consultation.
The Arts, Health & Wellbeing Hub
It features some of the basic myths we commonly hear in social prescribing, showcases some wonderful case studies and offers further sources of help. The Cultural Cwtsh is full of creative ideas and fun activities and is designed to lift spirits and boost the wellbeing of staff working across the NHS and the Social Care sectors in Wales. Diana has worked in wide variety of administrative roles including work for BBC Radio and as a legal secretary. She is also a musician and music teacher and values the role of the arts in wellbeing.
- The Arts in Health team relies on the goodwill of our dedicated team of volunteers.
- At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we understand the powerful health and wellbeing benefits of using the arts within a healthcare setting.
- Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID-19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.
- We undertook in-depth research of our beneficiaries and developed a tool for practitioners, the Digital Sandpit.
Particularly, it provides a chronological overview of the significant publications not captured by major research databases, that have documented and guided the development of the arts and health field in the UK over the last twenty years. It does not include peer reviewed papers as these are included in a range of other databases and repositories. Partner Up allows you to search for artists, cultural and creative freelancers and organisations across London. Our database can help match you up with the right practitioner or organisation to work on partnership bids or other creative collaborations. Save the date of our next member’s event in partnership with Forum Central on Thursday 30th June at 3pm.
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Making and experiencing arts and culture transforms quality of life for individuals and communities. Take a look at the work we’re doing to support health and wellbeing and help us to spread the word about how art can make us feel better. At Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we understand the powerful health and wellbeing benefits of using the arts within a healthcare setting.
This APPG inquiry into existing engagement of the arts in health and social care was made to make recommendations to improve policy and practice. A lot of arts in health work happens at grass roots levels, in community based programmes that address both clinical and social determinants of health. Our aim is to provide a proactive national alliance, which will offer strong networking and advocacy to increase public awareness and understanding of the role of arts in health nationally and internationally. We will encourage best quality practice, shared ethics, research and evaluation, excellence in process and product, while celebrating and supporting the passion and drive of the many arts in health activities which make a difference. London Arts and Health supports artists and health professionals across the whole of London and beyond, promoting excellence and engagement in the field of arts and wellbeing, and extending the reach of the arts to communities and individuals. Many people are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities, yet it is often these people whose health and wellbeing could be most enhanced through such engagement.