Arts for Health are passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of our service users and staff. We work with artists, musicians, writers and other creative professionals to deliver stimulating activities for service users. We are often involved with new building or refurbishment projects and work with clinical staff and partners in the community to maintain a high quality delivery. We work closely with the Spirituality team and support the equality, diversity and anti-stigma agendas.
Why Arts for Health
Arts for health is all about the positive effect that active engagement with the arts can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. We aim to support the recovery of service users, both as inpatients and in the community.
Engaging in the arts can provide:
- Distraction from mental health issues
- Social interaction with other people
- increased confidence
- chance to learn new skills
- renewed self-esteem
- connections with people
- the opportunity to be treated as a person rather than a patient
- opportunities for people to shine and discover the skills, creativity and potential they have
We work in partnership with the Facilities and Estates to create artwork for any new ward developments and buildings – to enhance the environment for service users, carers, visitors and staff.
The Arts for Health Team
Jessica Kent - Arts Lead
Jessica has a background in arts project management previously working for over 15 years in education and community settings as a project manager and consultant. Within a health setting, she previously was Arts Manager for the Cancer Centre Arts Programme at the Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Jessica has worked for the Trust developing the arts programme since 2009 and as Arts Lead since 2011.
Eleanor Babb - Project Co-ordinator
Eleanor has an expertise in photography and has helped established our Photo Box scheme. Eleanor has worked for many years as a freelance photographer and artist within a range of community and education projects. She has worked at the Trust since 2010.
Helen Wilson - Project Co-ordinator
Helen’s background is in dance and she has worked in the arts and learning sector for local authorities, theatres and health organisations. She has managed arts and cultural activities in the community and health sector and has worked at the Trust since 2012.
Diana Buckle - Administrator
Diana has worked in wide variety of administrative roles including work for BBC Radio and as a legal secretary. She is also a musician and music teacher and values the role of the arts in wellbeing. She has worked at the Trust since 2012.
Arts for Health works in partnership with a range of arts organisations, professional artists and third sector organisations including:
Local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and museums throughout the region, Age Concern, Alzheimer's Society, Mind, Designs in Mind, The Rotary Club, Arts Council England, CASS Carers Association, Visual Arts Network, Craftspace Birmingham, Barchester Homes, Live Music Now, Network Rail, Samantha Maritza Trust, The Hive, Make Some Noise and Creative Inspiration.
Funding has been raised through the following organisations:
Big Lottery, Arts Council England, Local Authorities, National Youth Music, Postcode Lottery, and retailer schemes at Tesco’s, Asda, Co-op and Waitrose.
Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Trust within the Arts for Health field can donate here:
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