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.

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

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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.

The Secret Illness

The Secret Illness

The Secret Illness (SI) is a global, collaborative initiative that explores the realities of living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) through the creative arts. Our primary objective is to develop positive, creative outlets through which individuals living with OCD can share their experiences. Cocreation is our central ethos. By pairing participants living with OCD and creative professionals, SI develops new artistic outlets w ith people living with OCD and expands the expressive toolkit of the OCD community. Our ultimate goal is to make OCD less of a secret illness.

A Choir in Every Care Home

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Aims and Objectives
These as set out by the Baring Foundation in their tender document were to

Creative Heritage in Mind

Mixed Media Puppets by Juliet Lockhart and participants

The Association for Suffolk Museums (AfSM) and Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), developed  a collaborative working partnership through a yearlong project; Creative Heritage in Mind. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered arts and heritage courses in four Suffolk Museums. The project sought to establish ways that health care and heritage sectors can come together to meet a shared aim of contributing to people’s well-being through engagement in culture, heritage and art.

Manchester Museum: The Autism Friendly Museum

Manchester Museum: The Autism Friendly Museum

The Autism Friendly Museum project at Manchester Museum aims to increase health and wellbeing for family visitors with children with Autism, by providing a safe and supported environment to visit and explore; with engaging opportunities for all the family to share quality time together.

The Key Club for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

The Key Club for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
The Key Club for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
The Key Club for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

The Key Club was devised and created by Turtle Key Arts in 2003 as a response to the lack of creative activities available to young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders following the end of full time education and support from schools and colleges. At the point of transition to adulthood, aged 16 – 30 years old, during this we time we provide continuity, social contact with peers and a creative project to inspire.

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) Creative Engagement: Participatory Arts Programmes for people living with a Long Term Health Conditions

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) Creative Engagement: Participatory Arts

Aims: Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT) was set up in 2002 to develop the role of arts in healthcare across the area of NHS Tayside. THAT responds to enquiries which have clear Arts and Healthcare content.
Objective: THAT has been at the forefront locally of developing Creative Engagement,  through the arts, as a therapeutic intervention that can operate alongside existing treatments by addressing psychosocial benefits (mood, confidence, self esteem and socialisation) associated with positive health and wellbeing.

Artfelt Workshop Programme

Artfelt Workshop Programme

Artfelt, the arts programme at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, has two primary streams of work. The Artfelt Workshop Programme sits alongside our commissioning work in using art to make hospital feel better. Overseen by our Workshop Coordinator, this two day a week project sees a variety of visual arts, crafts and music sessions made available to patients during their time at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England