breathe, connect, create …

What we do:

  • We promote the use of art and creativity in meeting the wellbeing needs of individuals, groups, organisations and communities.
  • We offer arts for wellbeing through a person-centred mix of arts, mindfulness, relaxation, environmental and social connection activities.
  • We do this by delivering training, workshops, mentoring, consultancy and research.

What are our aims:

We want the arts to be part of a holistic, person-centred, creative approach to wellbeing.

We want participants to: increase their self confidence and self esteem; develop more self reflection; feel less isolated or lonely; improve their mental health; enhance their self care; become more physically active; build more social connections; creatively express themselves; feel more positive about their future; improve their quality of life.

We want to increase understanding of the positive impact of creativity for wellbeing and the role the arts can play in addressing challenges in Health and Social Care, Education, and the Third Sector.

We are also seeking to increase awareness and improve the dialogue between patients, participants, service users, staff and facilitators, throughout Health and Social Care, Arts, Education and the Third Sector.

Why we do it:

We believe that there needs to be a wider recognition of the impact and benefits that art, creativity and nature can bring to mental and physical well-being: adversity, trauma, poverty, bereavement, retirement, and loneliness can leave people feeling low, with resulting emotional, mental and physical ill health.

Art, creativity and nature enrich people’s lives and improves their mental and physical wellbeing. There is a compelling case for the Health, Social Care, Wellbeing and Education Sectors to better utilise the creative arts. Creativity helps us to find meaning in our lives and to feel better:

At least one third of GP appointments are, in part, due to isolation. Through social prescribing and community resilience programmes, creative arts can have a significant impact on reducing isolation and enabling wellbeing in communities. Dr Jane Povey GP, Director, Creative Inspiration Shropshire Community Interest Company; All-Party Parliamentary on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report,

Art has a therapeutic value; it can make life better and it can also save lives. Creative expression helps participants to see beyond a label of a negative diagnosis, illness or status in society and to build their self confidence and self esteem. The arts can help to humanise the health system by complementing and enhancing the effectiveness of conventional medicine:

Artistic self expression gives participants an identity beyond illness. I have seen the arts build confidence and community and provide hope in the midst of suffering. Eva Okwonga, Peer Support Advisory Board Member for Mind and Music Workshop Leader at Music In Mind; All-Party Parliamentary on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report