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.

The Staying Well project

© Charles Round Photography, the Heptonstall Village Team Art Class
Staying Well logo
© Charles Round Photography, the Heptonstall Village Team Art Class

The Staying Well project was set up across Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council area in November 2014, initially as a 12 month pilot project funded by the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group.  Subsequently the project has been extended three times, currently until March 2017 with ongoing discussion about further extension, financially supported through Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Care Closer to Home, NHS Vanguard programme and Calderdale MBC.

Tatty Devine Commission: Kaleidoscopic Reflections

Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts
Kaleidoscopic Reflections, Vital Arts

Kaleidoscopic Reflections is the latest example of nearly 60 site-specific artworks commissioned by Vital Arts in the past 7 years. It is a ward-wide artwork by contemporary jewellery design duo, Tatty Devine. Children find visiting hospital stressful—regardless of how routine or frequent the visit. It is well documented, that the presence of thoughtfully selected and strategically placed artwork can be a critical tool in assisting clinical aims by positively engaging children and distracting them from painful and/or frightening treatment.

Sing and Mingle Carers/Cared For Choir

Rona Topaz

Sing and Mingle Carers/Cared For Choir, a singing group meeting weekly at Manor Farm Day Centre, Egham. Aims and objectives are to allow carers to have respite from their caring responsibilities and to meet and sing with other carers in a supportive environment.
Cared for are welcome to join in or take part in the other activities taking place concurrently at the day centre. Funded on an ongoing basis by Spelthorne and Runnymede Borough Councils. Timescale: outgoing once weekly. Delivery dates: Fridays from 11-12pm

Description of the arts activity

PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme: An Adaptive Model of Art Therapy

Combat Stress Logo

Art therapy has been offered at Combat Stress since 2001.  Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity, providing free specialist multidisciplinary clinical treatment and welfare support to veterans across the UK. Community as well as residential interventions are provided. Three residential treatment centres within the UK in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey deliver a variety of residential programmes.  There is currently no other dedicated art therapy provision offered to military veterans in the UK.


Nick Rutter

STROKESTRA is a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and the Humber NHS Trust’s Hull Integrated Community Stroke Service (HICSS) which uses group creative music-making alongside professional musicians to drive patient-led recovery in stroke survivors and their carers.

Magic Me

Paul Cochrane for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment
Stephen Dobbie for Magic Me & Punchdrunk Enrichment

Arts charity Magic Me is running a two year programme of artists residencies in care homes for older people, in partnership with Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit care home provider and four arts partners, all leaders in their field: Punchdrunk Enrichment, Lois Weaver, Duckie and Upswing.

Six Ways to Wellbeing

Turner Contemporary and Mandy Quy Verlander

Partnership between Kent County Council Public Health, Royal Opera House Bridge and Artswork – delivered in six districts in Kent by arts and cultural partners working in consortia with libraries, healthy living centres and voluntary and community organisations: http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/ways-to-wellbeing/six-ways-to-wellbeing/

Aims and Objectives:

Being Other: The Effectiveness of Arts Based Approaches in Engaging with Disaffected Young People

Photo credit David Fisher
Photo credit David Fisher

Aims and Objectives; Pegasus Theatre, in the east end of Oxford, and OYAP Trust, working across Oxfordshire, asked researchers in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford to examine the effectiveness of their creative arts and theatre programmes that are designed to offer alternatives for marginalised young people.
In a published report the researchers present analyses of these data alongside verbatim accounts in order to help further the understanding of the benefits of such provision for some of the most vulnerable young people in our society.

Music in Mind (MiM)

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We believe the most vulnerable should not rely on the whims and eccentricities of funding and grant giving systems. Our work is transformational, but the complex needs of participants can result in it being viewed as comparatively expensive. This risks making it potentially unattractive to grant funding models which in part judge outcomes for quantitative not qualitative impact. Such funding mechanisms negatively impact upon long term sustainability and outcomes of some of our most challenging work.

Peer Support Cultural Partnership

 a group looking at museum artefacts at the Discovery Centre
A participant and assistant community curator working on a puppet

Since 2010 four institutions in Leeds have been working together to develop a creative participatory programme for people living with dementia: Leeds Museums and Galleries, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council’s Peer Support Service for people in the early stages of dementia.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England