New funding to be made available for dementia projects harnessing the ‘Power of Music’


The National Academy for Social Prescribing plans to launch a new investment partnership supporting grassroots music for dementia projects, kickstarted by a £1 million donation by the Utley Foundation. The National Academy for Social Prescribing [NASP] has announced plans for a new funding programme with money to be made available for projects that provide musical activities for people living with dementia. As the UK-wide champions of ‘social prescribing’, NASP is proud to be leading this project in partnership with The Utley Foundation, which funds the Music for Dementia campaign and which has announced a £1 million donation to kickstart the investment [...]

New funding to be made available for dementia projects harnessing the ‘Power of Music’2022-04-27T14:26:31+01:00

Art by Post featured in Google Arts and Culture


NASP's partnership with The Southbank Centre has been featured by Google Arts and Culture on the Arts + Health & Wellbeing hub. Find out more Hear from inspiring individuals involved in the life changing Art by Post project about how creativity has positively impacted their wellbeing, and explore the exhibition, partnerships and participants' experiences through a new lens. Art in an Envelope At the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown, Southbank Centre created Art by Post to engage those most isolated by social distancing measures, with a particular emphasis on reaching older adults living with dementia and other chronic health conditions. [...]

Art by Post featured in Google Arts and Culture2022-03-31T16:33:10+01:00

Medley – art, music and nature


When I started Medley in autumn 2020, my objectives were to explore how art, music and nature can all boost health and wellbeing in different ways, to share these with others, and to combine art, nature and music wherever possible for an intersectional, multi-sensory approach. I have run 3 art for wellbeing projects, produced regular themed Creative Ideas – mainly used by care homes – and write a blog. Medley began as an online initiative partly because of the pandemic, but I plan to continue this way. Covid may be retreating at last, but I believe there's still [...]

Medley – art, music and nature2022-02-14T10:19:57+00:00

The Land Girls Project


The Women’s Land Army legacy in the Midlands revived by Borderland Voices The Land Girls project is run by Borderland voices, a small charity based on the border of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire, promoting mental health and wellbeing through engagement with arts and culture. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with additional match funding from Staffordshire County Council (the ‘People helping People’ fund) and Leek Arts Forum.  It is investigating the Women’s Land Army (WLA), 1919-49, and how it changed the local landscape –physically and socially. The Land Girls (members of the wartime Women’s [...]

The Land Girls Project2022-02-07T11:47:24+00:00

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre


Parent Voice is a key project in Better Connect, and North Tyneside Carers Centre (NTCC) are strategic partners in this social prescribing programme. Parent Voice focuses on using creative activities in new and mixed media as a platform to open up conversations with Parent Carers around ‘self’, who they as a person beyond being a parent and a carer. Initial focus group sessions highlighted a high need from Parent Carers who feel they have lost who they are as a person and want to reclaim their identity. Artists work alongside participants to help them engage with and explore [...]

Parent Voice – Better Connect in partnership with North Tyneside Carers Centre2022-01-12T16:31:38+00:00

FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions


 Jacqui Barbet-Sheilds, founder and trustee of the FMCP Club, tells us about the work of group.  The FMCP Club is a support group for people with conditions such as ME, multiple sclerosis, functional neurological disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Addison’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other neurological conditions. These conditions often cause loneliness and isolation, and we work to combat that. I founded it in 2011 and it has since grown to have over 100 members in Surrey and Sutton.  Many people with fibromyalgia, for example, struggle with the condition for years without being diagnosed.  It often takes a conversation with someone or an article in the press to alert them to fibromyalgia as a possible cause for their condition. FMCP Club are working to raise awareness of the condition [...]

FMCP Club – combatting loneliness in people with neurological conditions2021-11-17T10:22:39+00:00

S2R Support to Recovery


 S2R Support to Recovery is an independent mental health and wellbeing charity, working across Kirklees, offering a range of wellbeing, creative and outdoor workshops. They are a partner in the Third Sector Leaders Kirklees - Well Connected North Kirklees, a Thriving Communities project providing a wide range of accessible, enjoyable activities to address urgent local health priorities including diabetes, obesity, and mental health.  Due to the Covid pandemic situation, S2R designed a diverse range of online and meet up health and wellbeing activities, that local marginalised communities could assess and take part in. Working in partnership with TSL we recognised that we had to meet this [...]

S2R Support to Recovery2021-10-04T16:19:31+01:00

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity


Slough CVS has been organising initiatives to help connect clients with low to moderate levels of depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity. The Thriving Communities  Supporting Well Being through Creativity offers a  range of activities from community link groups covering health, exercise, arts, music dance, chats, environmental understanding, happiness get-togethers and more.   Activities include arts and crafts sessions, Connect Programmes: Exploring identity and self-expression in a creative way, and cultural and social community activities, such as singing sessions. This will help overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, by enabling clients to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.    Slough CVS [...]

Slough CVS – supporting wellbeing through creativity2021-10-04T16:06:44+01:00

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer


Debbie Reed started her journey with Helix Arts around 2 years ago, slap bang in the middle of a pandemic. – and she is now an amazingly committed Helix Arts Volunteer for our social prescribing programme Better Connect supported through Thriving Communities. Better Connect is the Helix Arts led social prescribing programme working with a network of Community Voluntary Sector organisations who share values and ambitions for the role of arts and health. Better Connect involves a mixed cultural programme which prioritises and supports carers across North Tyneside. Helix Arts developed a relationship with First Contact Clinical (FCC) and [...]

Helix Arts: Better Connect – from attendee to volunteer2021-10-07T17:14:55+01:00

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!


How uplifting it was in Spring 2020 to see rainbow paintings popping up in windows everywhere! Since then we've all grown to recognise just how useful windows can be to connect with our communities and loved ones.     The team at Window Wanderland, an award-winning social enterprise, has been helping communities to create window art galleries for their neighbourhoods to enjoy since 2015.      Born out of social isolation and a need to connect to the local community, Window Wanderland increases community engagement, improves wellbeing through creativity and reducing loneliness. Here’s the feedback from our organisers in 2020/21:    100% state that Wanderlands bring  the community together - especially [...]

Bring your communities to life with a magical Window Wanderland!2021-08-24T16:37:41+01:00
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