2016/17 APPG Inquiry Submissions

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has collaborated on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health. The Co-Chair of the APPGAHW is Lord Howarth of Newport. The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing provides the Secretariat for the APPGAHW and has project managed the Inquiry. The Inquiry is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These submissions were received in response to a call for practice examples that was made in the summer of 2016. You can download the full list of submissions here.

Creativity Works

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Creativity Works – Mental Health Creative Support Service (MHCSS).  Creativity Works uses creativity as a catalyst for personal and social development, with people of all ages, from all backgrounds. Founded in North East Somerset 30 years ago, the charity works with a range of partners—from mental health practitioners to children’s services —to deliver positive change through creative projects.

Taking pART

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‘Taking pART’ was a pilot Arts & Health partnership project by artsNK and Transported and was delivered as a programme of free visual arts activities from January – July 2016 in Boston and Spalding, Lincolnshire. The project activities were funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund through the Managed Care Network and Transported.

Light Up Your Lanterns

Light Up Your Lanterns

a series of workshops to create lanterns for a family and young people focussed lantern parade in Stacksteads plus a community celebration event with live music.

Aims and objectives: To increase local engagement with the arts in this area and to use this approach as a pilot for the development of a larger similar activity across a wider area the following year.  

Funding sources: Grant from Arts Council England £4780.00.  Stacksteads Countryside Park Group £425.00.  Grant from Greenvale Homes £1000.00.  Plus volunteer support in kind.  

Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums of Social Conscience

Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums
Applied Storytelling, Well-being and Spirituality in Museums

Aims and Objectives: The volume of research on autoethnography as a practical research method amongst academics has increased in the past few years. There is little research on the use of this research method in an applied form by cultural/heritage activists. Whilst much heritage research focuses on the impact of exhibits on visitors there is little research on the impact on participants’ well-being (including impact on spirituality/connections to self, others and the environment) specifically in post-conflict heritage sites.

Riverscross Soap Opera Project

Riverscross Soap Opera Project

Aims: To increase the active participation in society of young people with experience of mental health issues
Objective: To engage young people through drama, writing, music, design and film to create a professional industry standard continuing drama series.

Funding sources: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity & South London and Maudsley Charity

Delivery: Snowsfields Adolescent Psychiatric Unit – 2007 - 2015
Royal Bethlem & Maudsley Hospital School, Radlet Lodge Autistic School, Newhaven Pupil Referral Unit and Oakview Hospital School – 2010 - 2015

Art for Everyone: Paintings in Hospitals’ Artwork Selection and Co-curation activities

Paintings in Hospitals

Our project aims to involve patients and service users from health and social care organisations in the selection of artworks for their sites. Recognising the importance of placing patients at the centre of the decision making process, the sessions aim to support them to explore their opinions on a group of artworks, explore their tastes, and contribute to decisions about their display – and therefore gain ownership of their health or social care- site.

3rd Stage Dance Company

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3rd Stage Dance Company

3rd Stage Dance Company CIC is an organisation supporting the professionally trained dancer, who has returned to dance after time away. It is largely self-funded and much of it is run voluntarily, although it does participate in some funded projects (Arts Council England or local Council funding). Active throughout the year it ensures regular classes for the public as well as regular project opportunities.

Community Music Activity Access for the Autism Service (Northgate Hospital)

Community Music Activity Access for the Autism Service

Cindy-Jo Morison
Principal Music Therapist
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered – AS07985

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Arts Therapies Team (Psychological Services)
Day Unit
Northgate Hospital
MORPETH
Northumberland
NE61 3BP

Description of the arts activity

Can somatic dance practices reduce acute pain for children and young people in hospital?

Small Things Dance Collective

Aims The aim of this study was to assess whether Improvised Somatic Dance (ISD) can have a positive effect on children and young people experiencing acute pain. ISD is a non-traditional and non-directive or improvised approach to creative dance and movement education/reeducation.  

Youth Music Project

Gamelan Youth Music Project

“It was great watching the young people support each other in sessions and be able to offer them the opportunity of accessing a community music setting”
Cindy-Jo Morison, Music Therapist

“The project has allowed Young People to have a voice through music, to make choices and decisions where these may not be available during normal courses of life”
Activities Staff, Ferndene

“I am feeling more relaxed singing in a big group because of this group”
 Young Person Aged 13

“It did help make me feel better in myself thank you”
Young Female Aged 17

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England