The Arts for Health Team
Arts for Health was established in 2006. Through successful partnership working across the Trust, and with external organisations and artists, Arts for Health is now a thriving, well established department of the Trust. We aim to support the recovery of people who use our services, whether as inpatients or service users within the community.
We are a small team that deliver our work across the Trust. Here is a little bit of information about our 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 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.
Owen Hurcombe - Digital and Communications Project Worker
Owen has worked in the arts for many years, including roles with Staffs County Council, Creative Health CIC, The Brewhouse Arts Centre and Derby QUAD. Owen is responsible for all aspects of marketing, publicity, communications and funding and joined the Trust in 2021.
Helen Wilson - Project Worker
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.
Amy Smith - Project Assistant
Amy has worked for many years in creative arts and education - working as a self employed designer/maker and teaching creative skills to children, young people and adults. She also works at The Hive arts centre as the Well-Being Project Administrator and joined the Trust in 2023.
Diana Buckle - Administrator
Diana has worked in wide variety of administrative roles including work for BBC Radio in London. She also plays and teaches music and really values the role of the arts in wellbeing. She has worked at the Trust since 2012.