social inclusion

Taking the Line for a Walk - Discovering a Creative Identity, The Learning Lab and Front Room Gallery

Joyce Armstrong  Art Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator

Aware of the need for access to meaningful art activity in an environment that was outside of statutory health institutions, the facilitator considered how she could enable people who are experiencing mental ill health, and who often feel excluded from the communities in which they live, the opportunity to become involved creatively at the very heart of our city.

Fun Palaces

Stella Duffy

An ongoing, national campaign for culture at the heart of community; cultural activity created by and for local communities, with an annual weekend of action every October.

2014 and 2015: 280 Fun Palaces in 11 nations (primarily UK), led by 5262 local people, with 90,000 people taking part.

Founded in 2013, we have been funded by ACE, Foyle Foundation, Wellcome.

Our 2015 Evaluation shows the value of community-led engagement for individual and community health and wellbeing:

1. People feel empowered as a result of national and local activity

The arts, identity and belonging: A longitudinal study

Arts & Health, Society for the Arts in Healthcare

The aim of the research was to elicit and understand how people told their stories of their involvement with a community arts programme promoting mental health. Using a narrative approach, the research included interviews with 11 participants who were interviewed up to three times over a one-year period. The data were subject to a narrative analysis, incorporating thematic, event and relational analysis. Partial individual narratives from four participants are presented. Findings reveal that the project facilitated new personal, social and occupational opportunities for participants.

Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts: developing the evidence base.

Anglia Ruskin University, University of Central Lancashire

This report draws together the research carried out for the study Mental health, social inclusion and arts: developing the evidence base. The study was commissioned by the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Health following publication of the report Mental Health and Social Exclusion by the Social Exclusion Unit. The aims of the study were to identify appropriate indicators and measures of mental health and social inclusion outcomes, and to develop and implement an evaluation framework based on those indicators and measures.

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