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Health & Wellbeing

Winter Hygge Together

Winter Hygge Together

Environment & Wellbeing

When: 18/01/2017 - 08/03/2017 - 10.30am

Genre: Environment & Wellbeing

Funder: Bradford & District WHHP - Winter Warmth Community Grant

Partner: Grow Bradford and the Storehouse

An eight-week environmental activity programme for families and older people aiming to bring together generations to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness by creating a safe welcoming meeting place, at the Delius Centre, to learn about the health benefits of  being engaged with your environment and how to do this through play, exploration, learning and growing whilst getting to know each other.

Winter ‘Hygge’ Together is a project focused around ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah), a Danish word that describes a sense of wellbeing that comes from taking genuine pleasure from making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful.

Following this theme of hygge participants learnt about the importance of socialising, embracing winter and keeping active during the winter season. Each session we ate together, with food provided by the Storehouse, and talked about what we enjoyed about the winter and how we can overcome isolation over this season.

From feedback gathered in evaluation in sessions the group created the content for a community zine to show others how they can create a sense of ‘hygge’ in their lives, whether in the workplace, at home, or outdoors.

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Testimonials

“I think it’s fantastic, I think that as skills go this is something that you can use again and again and just really impress people” Linda
“I think that was one of the beauties of this course, that we were a diverse group of people and Asiya and I have really felt that it was quite a lovely thing that we were doing this course alongside people that we wouldn't ordinarily get to meet and I think that was one of the real plus sides for me and Asiya has commented on it as well that we don't normally get to meet people like you [the Stroke Group]” Safina (parent)
“I went to Roundhay Park this Sunday when it was raining, but I wouldn't usually have gone when it was like that. I walked halfway around the lake and came back through the gardens. It opened my eyes when visiting with the group and that Meerkat place [Tropical World], I never knew there was such a thing in Leeds” Richard
“if you are at home then you just sit around and get bored don't you. This just gets you out” Mick
“For me the all round thing about these Hygge sessions has been, that it has helped me to appreciate the season, because we get past Christmas and you kind of feel like you just want to hide away and you feel like you don't actually want to go out. So for me coming to these sessions, meeting everybody and just doing some of the nice practical things that we have been doing and the trips, it's helped me appreciate the season.” Lesley
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The Delius Community Garden Project

The Delius Community Garden Project

Environment & Wellbeing

Genre: Environment & Wellbeing

Venue: The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre

Funder: Postcode Local Trust

Partner: The Equity Partnership, Grow Bradford and Horton Community Farm

The Delius Community Gardening Project.

Artworks had used environmental activities in previous projects but had not had the opportunity to develop this theme in to a larger stand-alone project. In the year previous to applying to the Postcode Local Trust we had developed and delivered several smaller environment-based pilots, which were very successful, these inspired us to focus on developing a much bigger engagement project.

Having received funding from the Esh Group and Greggs Foundation for a garden build that created ramped access, accessible planters and a cooking area we were able to utilise our outside space as a learning area for groups of various needs and abilities.

We applied to Postcode Local Trust to give us the opportunity to establish our environmental work as a new strand for engagement with a focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, we received £19,753 from the Trust for a 12-month community engagement programme to enable us to do this.

The garden at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre has been transformed into a greener space for all of our users, participants and wider community to enjoy. Our centre has an increased ecological value that also generates a sense of pride and wellbeing for those involved in the project, and the people living and working in the area that pass by everyday.

We hope that we can set an example of how urban spaces can be used to positively enhance the community and inspire other centres, businesses, and people to do the same.

 

The build projects and sessions were blogged on our Project Dirt journal here .

Other environmental projects by Artworks:

 

Artworks Zine: ‘The Delius Community Gardening Project’ – To celebrate the completion of the project we produced a community resource zine to share what we had done, what we had learnt and signposting to other environmental projects.

 

This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

 

 

 

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Green Your City

Green Your City

Environment & Wellbeing

When: 08/10/2016

Genre: Environment & Wellbeing

Funder: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Partner: Grow Bradford

SEED – SOIL – PLACE – CARE – HARVEST – CONTINUE

Sessions exploring different elements of growing and the cycle of growing.

Family-friendly, open sessions that covered the elements of growing – What skills are needed, what growing gives to us and how it is good for us.

The sessions included:

SEED

An open session hosted by the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, come and learn how to sow a seed and then take them home with you! Hear about all of the incredible things we will be doing as part of Green Your City and sign up for the sessions.

SOIL

Join us and learn about soils as living, co-evolving eco-systems.  This session took place at Judy Woods where we learnt all about mushrooms and mycelium and learn about their roles in making healthy soils.

PLACE

An important session in urban growing, this session taught us how to consider our space when growing and use recycled products such as bottles to grow in to keep growing cheap and workable in small places.

CARE

A session all about caring for your eco-systems, learning about water cycles, nutrient cycles and caring for your plants and soils.

HARVEST

A chance to come together at the end of the sessions and share the experiences we have had and discuss how everyone will continue to grow their gardens. Some gorgeous home-grown food washed down with hot drinks; the perfect way to end the project.

This project focused on how individuals and families engage with their City and how it offers so many opportunities to connect with nature, giving the opportunity for play, creativity, storytelling, explorations, growing and wild food.

Activities included; wildlife in the City, natural creations, imaginative play, celebration, storytelling, games & trails, foraging, cook & eat, risk play. Activities demonstrated how the City can be a ‘wild’ play area offering free play and how easy it is to include nature-based activities in everyday learning and life.

Half of the sessions happened off-site at nearby Horton Community Farm, on nature trips in the community and two open sessions were held at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre.

This project was part of Artworks Creative Communities programme of events funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.artworkscreative.org.uk

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Outcomes

Most of the participants were Muslim women and their families from the Home School Network, most of which did already know each other. The regular sessions did create a very bonded group and many of the group progressed on to further green-focused Artworks projects that were based at The Delius Centre and have formed a further Facebook group, administered by Artworks, that acts as an online space for consultation for us to be able to develop our work with the Home School Network and really be able to meet specific needs of the groups for further projects.

Testimonials

“I can grow a big plant from this seed?!” Zach, 5
“I want to start my own wormery Child
“Don’t walk with arrogance on this earth, tread lightly upon this earth Safina, parent
“I’ve always wanted to go foraging but was too scared to go on my own” Parent
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3 Saints Mosaic Project

3 Saints Mosaic Project

Mental Health and Homelessness

Genre: Mental Health and Homelessness

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Horton Housing

The project aimed to design and create a mosaic representing the views and feelings of the residents of the hostel (a hostel for homeless men with mental health issues) and, in so doing, address issues of social isolation, confidence and motivation. The sessions took an informal approach to creative learning which helped put the clients at ease and facilitated free and open discussions about the experiences of the residents and the issues they faced. The mosaic they created was a phoenix rising from the flames dedicated to the memory of a fellow resident who had sadly passed away. An outing to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park gave the residents valuable time away from the hostel and gave them the opportunity to engage with art in a new setting.

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Outcomes

As a result of the workshops, A, a hostel resident who attended the Project, became very proactive in the hostel. He used the confidence he had gained to organise and coordinate walking groups and bike riding days involving the other residents, and also began going to the library to research other arts and crafts activities that the residents could do as a group. A and the rest of the group experienced first-hand the positive effects of arts activities.

The project clearly demonstrated the importance of creative activities as an effective way of addressing and exploring issues such as health and wellbeing, identity and confidence. The inherent therapeutic power of the creative process of art making, as well as the role art can play in facilitating communication around issues, emotions and conflict, is a very valuable tool when addressing needs, solving problems and formulating new perceptions that in turn lead to positive changes for the communities and individuals involved.

Testimonials

It inspires you to do more, focus on different things and open your mind to other possibilities. When we were doing the mosaic we were very focused, then we got the chance to talk about everything during the break. It was energetic and helped us socialise and keep friendships going instead of just sitting in our rooms. It was great to have a casual way of working. Client
All the clients have developed in different ways... the sessions have allowed people to talk freely about different issues and have increased confidence levels and got people out of their shells... now everyone wants to know what’s happening next. 3 Saints Manager

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Also Available in Sober

Also Available in Sober

Alcohol recovery

Genre: Alcohol recovery

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: The Piccadilly Project

This project began by working with a group of recovering alcoholics over 3 months using using creative writing, film and photography to encourage recovering them to stay off drink and to create messages for others about the dangers of alcoholism. Through their work the artists aimed to support the group to produce something which acted as a tool to encourage others to start the journey of recovery, to inform the general public about drug and alcohol issues and to celebrate the success of those on the project and to motivate and build the confidence and mental health of participants.

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Outcomes

The project was very successful, achieving positive results with participants. One member of the group. Martin, decided he wanted to take the project further and display some of the work the group had produced.

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Artworks supported Martin to curate the work and it was exhibited at the Delius Arts & Cultural Centre in Bradford.

Testimonials

Really impressed with the work – well done! Visitor
By taking part in this exhibition it helped me with recovery Participant
Brilliant to see the fruits of our labour Participant
Very good and very well put together Visitor
Very interesting work, sad and hopeful. Enjoyed seeing it. Visitor

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Arts at Lynfield

Arts at Lynfield

Acute Mental Health

Genre: Acute Mental Health

Funder: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Partner: Lynfield Mount Acute Mental Health Hospital

Arts at Lynfield took two artists into Lynfield Mount Acute Mental Health Hospital to run 6 sessions on each of three wards using textiles, visual arts and creative writing. The project aimed to offer a forum for patients to discuss issues, improve mental health, provide participants with creative tools to avoid worsening mental health and to create some work for display in the hospital.

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Outcomes

Hospital staff commented on the difference it made to ward atmosphere and the Occupational Therapist said it had reduced incidents on the wards.

Testimonials

This is something new, I am discovering different talents, self-expression. It stops you getting bored. Participant
I have been drawing in between sessions to keep my mind occupied. Participant
The sessions have been really popular, people who don’t usually engage are having a go, it’s been really surprising who is coming along. X never talks at all, he just stood by the door at first then gradually he came in and ended up joining in. Through this session he has really opened up, I now know so much more about him, he is so intelligent, I didn’t realise he knew so much about art. Occupational Therapist
I liked it because it took things off my mind, before I was just lying on my bed, now I feel happy Participant

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Arts for Engagement

Arts for Engagement

Creative Engagement and Consultation

Genre: Creative Engagement and Consultation

Funder: Sure Start Children’s Centres North & East Halifax

Artworks were commissioned by Sure Start Children’s Centres North and East Halifax on a number of projects to increase both numbers and quality of service at the 5 children’s centres within their area. The resulting Arts for Engagement Project used formal and informal consultation methods to explore the services available and the reason for lack of access to these with both professionals and local people.

The Arts for Engagement Project was formed of a series of distinct pieces of work which included:

Sure Start DVD

Artworks developed and delivered an art project for parents which resulted in a DVD to promote Sure Start Children’s Centres Services made by the parents themselves and in their own words. To watch the DVD please click here.

 

Mapping Workshops The aim of these sessions was to have a clearer understanding of which services were being delivered in the area and to begin to explore how they could work together better. There was an emphasis on looking at ways in which what was already on offer could be pulled together and better used without the need for further resources, as well as identifying gaps in provision.

Sure Start Champions Training

Artworks developed and delivered training sessions for ‘Sure Start Champions’. These were parents who were part of the Parent’s Forum set up by Sure Start and who were trained to be on the frontline of local involvement, encouraging those who didn’t access services to do so.

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Testimonials

The DVD has been incredibly useful as a tool to get people understanding the services we offer and so accessing specific groups. Sure Start Children’s Centres North and East Halifax Staff
The mapping session was unique in its visual delivery and had a big impact. Sure Start Children’s Centres North and East Halifax Staff
The Community Champions have definitely made a difference. 2 of the 4 we trained are still active and undertake various promotional work to highlight what services are on offer. An example of this is several more recruits to the Parents Forum Board and more families accessing services as a result of the work they do. Service Development Manager at Sure Start Children’s Centres North and East Halifax

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Arts for Wellbeing Group

Arts for Wellbeing Group

Older People, Mental Health

Genre: Older People, Mental Health

Funder: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Partner: Champions Show the Way

Artworks worked in partnership with Champions Show the Way on the Arts for Wellbeing project which was funded by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The aim of the project was to increase the wellbeing of over 60s through exploring lives, emotions and states of being through visual arts, creative writing and music.

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Outcomes

C is 67-years old. She has two grown up sons from a previous marriage, and three grandchilden. Originally from London, she moved to Bradford in recent years and lives with her civil partner. C’s career has been within the field of education; teaching social science and women’s studies at university level. She is also a successful novelist, having published seven novels.

Over the years C has suffered several long term illnesses, culminating in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which disabled her for a period of ten years. She was able to recover, but never fully, and she feels that it’s always in the background, and that she must manage her health closely to stop it from returning. On top of that C is experiencing a stressful home-life as her daughter-in-law is suffering from severe mental health problems with the knock-on effects causing ongoing issues within the family.

C explains: “I was just feeling very lost and tired, not like the real me. I was at the end of my tether with the stress going on in my family. I don’t suffer from depression but I know I needed something different in my life.”

C began an 18-week Arts for Wellbeing course led by professional artists and organised by Artworks. The course was structured into visual arts, creative writing and music

C says: “This gave me a chance to let go. It was something I needed but didn’t think I could’ve afforded, had it not been free.”

At first C was concerned about the length of the course (18 weeks) but she was determined to see it through: “I couldn’t do it as a quick fix.”

She explains: “I wanted to be with kind people and I got that. It was a healing environment where I could just be myself.” She continues: “I felt welcome and I didn’t feel judged or questioned. The people who attended all had their own problems but all were willing to get involved.”

There was enough time to get to know people as it was structured around lunch. C explains that the art sessions were “very open and the structure of the sessions very accessible in every way.” C says about coming along “I don’t feel so lost now, I’m more able to manage the stress that is all around me. I feel calmer.” She further explains: “We were so busy with the art that it helped me to focus again, art made me feel safe.”

C explains that she began to change ‘week by week’ and that she started to sleep better. Furthermore, confidence and self-esteem have improved. “I’ve enjoyed just being able to be part of the group. In my professional life I am always leading groups and I needed a break from that.”

The group took part in some Guided Writing and with this C was able to write about a close friend who had died. “It released the memory and it was the first writing I’d done for a few years about the loss of this friend. The freedom to choose our memories and express them with help felt very healing.”

As a consequence of attending the Arts for Wellbeing Course C feels she would like to do some art in her own time, “I want to bring play back into life. It’s been a nightmare over the last year.”

Looking to the future, C says: “It’s put me back in touch with my poetry, it’s helped me to remember that I’m a poet.” C plans to continue the work in the follow up group.

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BIASE – Body Image and Self Esteem

BIASE – Body Image and Self Esteem

Young People, Body Image and Self Esteem

Genre: Young People, Body Image and Self Esteem

Funder: NHS Bradford and Airedale

Partner: Bradford Youth Development Partnership (BYDP)

BIASE was a partnership project between Artworks Creative Communities and BYDP. PALZ (Play And Learn Zone) is a project delivered by BYDP working with 8 to 13 year olds who need additional support and are at risk of social exclusion.

The aim of BIASE was to explore health themes important to young people and create ownership of the space which the young people use regularly.

The project worked with 10 young people over 12 weeks and the theme of body image and self-esteem was chosen by the group through a creative ideas session. Themes presented the young people through this creative ideas session were healthy eating, assertiveness, bullying and emotional health, having input into the project planning early on from the young people allowed for project tailoring and gave the young people ownership of the project.

Two artists worked in collaboration to produce a programme around the chosen theme which would engage the group and support their needs. The artists brought creativity and fun to each session, they built trust with the group with allowed the participants to open up and share experiences. These experiences were combined with fiction to develop stories which would form the basis of a story book.

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Outcomes

Producing story books encouraged the young people to use their imagination, express their feelings and equally gain valuable knowledge and understanding of others interpretations of situations and events, ultimately identifying, everybody indeed is different. This was equally expressed through the use of photography which allowed for further expression and team building among the group.

Throughout the project the young people also developed their communication and English skills whilst producing their stories, a paramount area of learning for the group who had all been identified as struggling in such areas.

From the start it was identified that the young people didn’t feel they had ownership of the BYDP building and that the corridors were not young people friendly. The idea to develop a finished book as well as a series of extracted, enlarged pages from this book for display in the building gave direction and motivation to the young people to create finished pieces which would inspire others and demonstrate the creative abilities of the PALZ attendees.

BIASE Evaluation Results (2)

BIASE Evaluation Results (1)

Testimonials

The young people thoroughly enjoyed themselves throughout the weeks and this was shown through their development of enthusiasm, attitude and behaviour, however ultimately their overall growth was in confidence and self-esteem. Project Volunteer
I have really enjoyed this project and want to dot again. Participant (Age 10)
What I enjoyed most was that we got to play, print photos and have fun! Participant (Age 9)

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Canterbury Project

Canterbury Project

Young people and self-esteem

Genre: Young people and self-esteem

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: The Canterbury ARC

This project aimed to explore health themes important to young people and to enable the expression of emotions to peers and loved ones. Two artists, a photographer and a creative writer, worked with the young people supporting them to explore creative writing techniques by writing group and individual poems and to discover photography and photo editing software to capture the essence of the project.

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Outcomes

The young people engaged very well with the project and said by the end they felt more able to express their hopes, fears, issues and concerns and that writing and photography had facilitated this.

They also showed an increased ability to interact with other group members, increased confidence and self-esteem and increased knowledge and understanding of the health issues addressed.

Testimonials

I didn’t know what to expect but I have enjoyed it and want to do it again Participant aged 14
I wanted to have fun and I have enoyed myself more than I thought I would Participant aged 12
The young people from ARC were a joy to work with. They thoroughly enjoyed all apsects of the project and showed enthusiasm and a desire to learn. It was lovely to see them increase in confidence and work well together as a team. Volunteer

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Care Quality Commission

Care Quality Commission

Funder: Care Quality Commission

Since 2008 we have been working with the Involvement Team at the Care Quality Commission developing and delivering a wide range of training and consultation for them. We have delivered facilitation training, engagement and consultation training and produced a number of videos on different aspects of their work.

You can watch one of these by clicking here

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Testimonials

This was a very challenging group with such a lot of diverse needs which makes it even more of an acheivement that everyone came away saying they had learnt something and fired up to work with CQC! C Delap, Involvement Manager CQC
I have to say that this was one of the best training sessions I have taken part in for a very long time. I believe that this training would be very beneficial for Compliance Inspectors' as the knowledge can be transferred to LD and Dementia. Training Participant CQC
A very big thankyou for all the work you have put into our third IGNITE programme with Artworks. Everyone had a really great time and took so much away with them....new skills, new ideas, new friends and most of all an understanding of how using the HOW 2 cards can help their work for CQC but also for their own organisations. It has been well worth labouring over the programme and the attention to detail from Artworks has been impressive. J. Golden, Community Engagement Officer, CQC

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Creative Consultation

Creative Consultation

Funder: Calderdale LINks

Calderdale Local Involvement Network (LINk) had done some initial scoping work and wanted to find out about service provision and user satisfaction in four different localities in Calderdale: Todmorden, Central Ward (Halifax), Brighouse and Mixenden. They wanted to concentrate on health & social care issues of concern for the locality and what was being done to meet that need. Artworks designed and delivered four workshops which answered their queries, specifically asking:

  • What is there in the area?
  • What are the main health issues in the area?
  • What are participants’ concerns for their community?
  • Does the service provision meet needs and if not why not?
  • What stops people from using services?
  • What more do people need?

One of Artworks’ highly experienced artists delivered the four workshops in Autumn 2010. Participants were invited to draw, colour and cut out figures, services, building blocks and hammers in a creative participatory exercise which engaged all those who took part.

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Outcomes

100% of those who participated felt they had a better understanding of health issues that affect the community they lived in and 92% of participants felt more informed about the services in their area. The commissioning body were extremely pleased with the project and the local authority commended the high quality of the feedback collected.

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Creative Sparks

Creative Sparks

Acute Mental Health

Genre: Acute Mental Health

Funder: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Partner: Lynfield Mount Acute Mental Health Hospital

Creative Sparks was a partnership project, between Artworks Creative Communities and Lynfield Mount Acute Mental Health Hospital, which aimed to improve mental health of the residents at the hospital. Two artists delivered 16 workshops over a 3 months period for inpatients from the male and female wards.

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Outcomes

The Project had a number of specific outcomes which were evaluated through participant and staff feedback and through the use of creative evaluation techniques at the close of each session.

Increasing Participant Confidence:

Participant ‘F’ made comments and talked about not being able to learn and being upset about his past. Jane, the hospital support worker, asked him to draw what was upsetting him, which he did, then he threw it in the bin and made a picture of a bright future and later said; “I can’t go back to the ward now, I’m having too much of a laugh.”

Increasing Participant Independence:

Staff commented surprise at the increased concentration and dexterity of one of the clients who has a particular low concentration span and learning difficulties.

Improving Physical and Mental Health:

“I feel happier; I’m looking forward to Thursday.”

Participant

Improving Quality of Life for Users:

“It’s fantastic, I really enjoyed it and it’s good getting a bit of peace.”

Participant

Increasing Staff Skills:

“We’re using stuff we’ve learnt with Pippa and Sue (the Artists) already – pastels, paper, canvasses. We’re going to do our own pictures on the ward with the techniques you’ve taught us.”

Hospital Ward Staff

Testimonials

(The workshops) definitely increased confidence – people have changed in abilities. D who said initially “I was no good at school” became very assertive saying things like “I love colour. It needs to go like that. Hospital Support Worker
I lose my focus after morning meds. I found when I went back to the ward last time that I could concentrate better after the art group. Participant
I feel I can be more imaginative and concentrate down here with you, not like on the wards. Participant
People are really keen. 7 a.m. this morning, I got, when’s the art room? They’ve been badgering me for it all day. Hospital Support Worker

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Creativitea and Biscuits

Creativitea and Biscuits

Older People, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Genre: Older People, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Funder: Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Partner: Champions Show The Way and Northern Lines

Artworks Creative Communities has an exceptional reputation for, and a long standing traditional of, engaging with groups through creative processes and practice to tackle health issues and increase wellbeing of individuals. Artworks also empowers individual to continue running groups once the funding has finished, as we have done with this project.

Artworks worked in partnership with Champions Show the Way (CSTW) to create the Arts for Wellbeing Project which was funded by Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC). The aim of this project was to increase wellbeing of people over 60 though exploring their lives, emotions and states of being through visual arts, creative writing and music. The sessions took on an informal approach to creative learning, allowing the participants to feel at ease and comfortable in the group.

Due to the success of, and demand for, this project, Artworks was delighted to be able to work with CSTW again a year later to deliver another Arts for Wellbeing Project, also funded by BMDC. These sessions were snapped up and one of the participants from the previous project even supported the creative writing sessions!

The group gelled quickly and were keen to continue exploring different artistic outlets post funding.

As the group’s funding was nearing an end, we worked in partnership with Northern Lines, a Bradford-based participatory theatre and arts organisation, who were able to offer further sessions of drama activities to the group which enabled them to continue meeting. These sessions were very positively received with, not only members of this group attending, but also participants and volunteers from other Artworks groups and the wider community.

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Outcomes

A, aged 61, was ‘signed off’ from work due to stress and was on a course of treatment for depression. Through attending the Arts for Wellbeing group his confidence developed so much that he has felt able to return to work after a period of three months of sickness, although he insisted to his manager that he needs to have time off to complete the course in order to continue his recovery.

One of the exceptional highlights of the wellbeing projects was that, after attending the sessions, participants felt confident and empowered to set up their own weekly arts group at Artworks, Creativitea and Biscuits. They took full ownership of this group, deciding on its name and creating posters to promote the group in the wider community. This group now gets referrals from other organisations and participants have also commented on how they watch out for other Artworks activities they can get involved in.

Creativitea and Biscuits is an excellent example of the impact the Arts for Wellbeing Projects have had on participants. These groups acted as brilliant springboards to empower participants to go on to try new things and give them the confidence and skills to run activities themselves.

Testimonials

I wanted to be with kind people and I got that. It was a healing environment where I could just be myself Participant
It has enabled me to make new friends and given a purpose to Fridays Participant
Seeing what older people can produce helps the process of getting older seem more positive. It’s good to have something to get up and leave the house for. Participant
You’re never too old to learn! Participant
I don’t feel so lost now. I’m more able to manage the stress that is all around me. I feel calmer. Participant
The staff at The Delius Centre have been very helpful and have helped me to feel safe, it’s great that I can go and speak to the staff if I need to. I am not self-harming when I am here. Participant

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Creativity Works

Creativity Works

Carers, Confidence Building

Genre: Carers, Confidence Building

Funder: NHS Airedale, Bradford & Leeds

Partner: Carer’s Resource Bradford

The aim of the Creativity Works project was to improve mental health and confidence in the journey towards greater social interaction and volunteering, employment or training in carers or ex carers. The project was a partnership project with Carer’s Resource Bradford. The project used creative writing and visual arts to explore emotions and build confidence.

Over 15 weeks the group worked together with two artists, Siobhan Mac Mahon and Morwenna Catt to produce an exhibition of poetry and image which was displayed at Carer’s Resource at the end of the project. East Leeds FM and Bradford Community broadcasting also came and interviewed participants and gave them a chance to read some of their poetry on air.

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Outcomes

The project was so successful that towards the end some of the participants expressed an interest in continuing the group and Artworks supported them in gathering together literature and exercises which they could use to work with new participants.

Two years after the project ended the group were still meeting regularly at Bingley Library and were about to recruit new participants, having found the skills and confidence to feel able to run a group themselves.

Participants also accompanied us to the National Association of Writers in Education Annual Conference where they took part in a presentation given by creative writer, Siobhan, and Artworks staff on the benefits of creative writing for health education.

From beginning to end of this project reporting of how good participants felt about themselves moved from 3.5 – 6.8/8, contentment increased from 4.8 – 7/8, ability to express needs from 5.5-7.3/8 and positivity about taking up work and training opportunities from 3.6 – 5.3/8.

One participant found employment and another started volunteering.

One participant wrote a poem about the project which sums up the value of this work:

Rest from life’s pressures and stress
Escaping the busyness of so many things to do
Savouring the moments spent deep in thought
Peace permeating my spirit and my being once more
Interests shared with companions on the journey
Teaching and learning from them enables my
Energy to be renewed and restored

Testimonials

I feel uplifted and inspired by these workshops. Participant
I am finding a new path for myself through doing these workshops. Participant
This course has re-vitalised me in many ways. Participant

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Denholme Half Term Project

Denholme Half Term Project

Young People, Sexual Health and Relationships

Genre: Young People, Sexual Health and Relationships

Funder: NHS Bradford and Airedale

Partner: Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Integrated Youth Services

The aim of the Denholme Half Term Project was to explore sexual health and relationship issues through the arts whilst increasing the confidence, self-esteem and motivation of the young people involved. Seventeen young people took part in the Project at Highcroft Youth Centre for the five days of the February half term.

The Project was a partnership between Artworks and Bradford Council’s Integrated Youth Services.

Young people participated in visual arts, dance and rap sessions with the focus of performing at a public performance on the Friday night.

As well as the artists working on the project, Artworks also worked in partnership with the NHS Sexual Health Team. A worker from this team participated in some of the sessions providing informal learning exercises on the topic.

The Friday night performance saw the young people performing their dance and rap pieces to a backdrop of visual arts created on the programme. All of the participants were then presented with Certificates of Achievement.

The night ended with a sexual health quiz in which parents and young people took part in teams. This was a chance for the young people to talk about what they knew and was possibly the first time whole families had openly talked about sex together.

One of the young people who attended the project, Jade, had heard about the project through her Activity Agreement Worker. Jade had never tried street dance or rap before but had produced artwork at home. At the beginning of the week she was sceptical about the type of dance and the rapping, at the end of the week she said:

“It made me feel happy ‘cause I was doing something every day of the week…it stopped boredom.”

Jade was very proud of what she had achieved and felt that she had gained a lot from her experiences on the Project. Her Activity Agreement Worker said:

“She’s rarely engaged with anything before so for her to engage was really important. She’s been on a real high since the project and her workers from social care have been really impressed”

Since the Half Term project Jade has been looking for further creative opportunities and is considering options for studying in the arts.

As a result of the Project three other young people from the programme have taken up regular dance classes and the youth workers from Bradford Council were very impressed by the commitment to the Project some of the more difficult young people showed.

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Engage For Change

Engage For Change

Creative Training

Genre: Creative Training

Funder: The Department of Health

Partner: The Care Quality Commission, The University of Central Lancashire

Artworks has created a fantastic training resource, Engage for Change, which is all about getting the voices of seldom heard and diverse groups heard in health and social care. Over 100 people have been through the courses in the last year and feedback has been fantastic with a huge range of people taking it up including staff and volunteers from Healthwatch, NHS England, local authorities and voluntary sector organisations. The courses last 12 weeks and two of the three have a face to face day at the end.

The first course, Understanding the Health and Social Care Environment, takes you through the key players and strategic documents and then asks you to carry out your own intervention to make positive change for a group or community of your choice. The second course, Facilitation and Engagement in the Health and Social Care Environment, begins by going through the whys of engagement and the relevant legislation around equality and diversity, then moves on to hearing, through individual videos, from 20 seldom heard and diverse groups talking about the barriers to engagement and asks each learner to design and deliver their own engagement session for a seldom heard group of their choice. The third course, Using Data in the Health and Social Care Environment, begins by looking at data sources and terms and then asks each learner to carry out a data collection and interpretation exercise to support a health and social care case of their choice.

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Outcomes

The training courses have been very well received and to date we have trained around 150 people. The development of Engage for Change has led to further work with NHS England.

Testimonials

I am better equipped to make a clear informed case…and have already made real progress in achieving my intervention. Participant
The course has been really useful! I’ve learnt so much about why we do what we do. Participant
I feel more knowledgeable about bodies/panels and other organisations which are regularly mentioned in my office. I feel I am more useful to my colleagues now…. It is already helping me to locate bodies and organisations that I am asked to check on. Healthwatch staff
More so, well laid out, good overview and perspective – made me understand how much I did and didn’t know, helped me be more aware of useful alliances for us. Participant
I feel this course has enabled me to provide a more informed voice to my organisation and the confidence and understanding to approach other organisations etc. when asking for help. Participant
I now know so much more about the new structures in health and yet I had thought I knew a fair bit before. Participant
Information is power! It clarified the new health structure is a easy way to understand. Helped to understand how health structure and influence. Confirmed the importance of strategic level understanding. Participant

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Get Creative

Get Creative

Mental Health

Genre: Mental Health

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: MIND in Bradford

The aim of the Get Creative project was to improve the mental health and confidence and reduce the social isolation of service users at MIND in Bradford. The project used improvisation, movement and visual arts techniques including printing, drawing, projections and working with resin to explore journeys and emotions. The sessions took an informal approach to creative learning which helped put the clients at ease and facilitated free and open discussions about the experiences of the service users and the issues they faced.

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Outcomes

Feedback was extremely positive clearly showing the project had achieved its aims.

One woman who was physically disabled and had resulting ill mental health said every session that she was doing things she hadn’t done in a long time due to feeling so confident.

These included things like being able to raise her arms above her head, be physically active and silly within the group and asking her GP whether she could begin to do some voluntary work as a step towards going back to work.

Another participant who moved from Bradford to Bingley during the time the project was running was worried he wouldn’t be able to continue attending and felt very powerless. He persuaded his social worker to accompany him on the bus to get to MIND so he could continue with the project. Workers reported how much he had come out of himself as a result of the project. They said that previously he had tended to sit on his own looking at the wall. In the group he became animated and active taking part in conversations and beginning to express himself.

Testimonials

I never thought I’d be able to do this. I’m doing things I’ve never done before. Participant
I surprised myself... I never thought I was as good as this. Participant
It was A LOT OF FUN. Participant
Coming to this group has helped me to feel better about myself... it has definitely built up more self-confidence and has helped me to see that disability does not mean total inability. Participant

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Gypsy Traveller Arts Project

Gypsy Traveller Arts Project

Healthy Eating and Exercise

Genre: Healthy Eating and Exercise

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Horton Housing

The aim of the Gypsy Traveller project was to improve mental and physical health and promote behaviour change in a group of female Gypsy Travellers.

Two projects ran over the period of a year, working in the Holme Wood area of Bradford at weekly sessions. The project used visual arts, textiles and craft skills to explore health and wellbeing issues. Each session included half an hour of exercise led by a qualified practitioner and numeracy and literacy skills were embedded into the activities delivered. We worked in partnership with Horton Housing’s Gateway service whose staff attended sessions to provide support and referral advice for group members.

The sessions took an informal approach to creative learning which helped put the clients at ease and facilitated free and open discussions about their experiences and the issues they faced.

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Outcomes

Work produced in the session was entered into a district wide competition which resulted in the women winning a prize and attending the awards ceremony, something which was a completely new experience for them.

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Testimonials

It’s the highlight of me week. I love Fridays. It’s something I can do with my daughter. Participant
I’ve changed my diet. I do a lot of walking. I’ve stopped all my sweet stuff. Participant
It’s been a way of getting my culture back and the workers are brilliant with us. Participant
We cut all our crisps and chocolate and stuff like that, I go to the gym 3 times a week. Participant
When you go home you feel more mellow. You’re not stuck in the house. You’ve got people to talk to so you’re not bottling stuff up. Participant
I’ve given up greasy food, crisps and chocolate. I lost 4lb. Participant

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Hidden Voices

Hidden Voices

Homelessness

Genre: Homelessness

Funder: Media Trust, Cooperative Fund

Partner: Bradford College, The National Media Museum, Horton Housing, Bradford Action for Community Care, Primesight, Fabric and Bradford Council.

The Hidden Voices project aimed to use creative techniques to:

  • Give a voice to the homeless community of Bradford through digital and other media
  • Raise awareness of homelessness issues
  • Challenge stereotypes around homelessness

‘Hidden Voices’ was a continuation of Artworks’ work with people who have experienced homelessness. We had previously run a poetry and photography project which resulted in a book of poems called “Forgotten” and had been awarded Highly Commended status in the 2010 Charity Awards for this work.

The initial project idea was suggested by a service user who approached us because he had found creative writing a useful way to build his confidence and wanted to share the experience with other service users. The project ran over a number of years and participants gained confidence and skills through participating in creative writing, animation, photography, IT and digital media. Participants were given further support by Bradford College staff and students who acted as digital mentors. Digital images created by participants were displayed in prominent billboard sites around Bradford City Centre. A final publication, Hidden Voices, was produced documenting the project.

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To download a copy of Forgotten please click here

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Outcomes

The project worked with over 70 participants, achieving some fantastic outcomes. Many of those involved have dramatically changed their lives and situations for the better. Due to increased confidence leading to a more positive outlook on life and changes in their behaviour enabling them to break the cycle of homelessness three participants found employment and one moved out of a hostel into his own flat.

G and A, two participants on the project, have made huge changes to their lives as a result of being involved. G has now set up his own lottery funded support service and A has found employment with a homeless hostel and has developed a game, ‘Square One’ to encourage tenancy sustainment which Artworks worked with him to fund and develop.

Testimonials

I wanted a voice, and through these billboards I have got a voice. Now I’ve got funding to set up my own street paper in Bradford, written by homeless people for homeless people. Participant
Last year was a remarkable one for me. I started the year homeless, and now I’ve got so many projects going on. It’s just all about the journey really. Participant

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Horton Housing Consultation Event

Horton Housing Consultation Event

Creative Consultation and Engagement

Genre: Creative Consultation and Engagement

Funder: Horton Housing

Artworks were commissioned by Horton Housing to design a day long creative consultation event for 100 clients and to train their staff to facilitate the event. They wanted to consult clients on six of their policies and asked us to come up with a different creative technique to consult on each of the six policies.

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Improving Patient Experience

Improving Patient Experience

Creative Training

Genre: Creative Training

Funder: Bradford Teaching Hospitals

Artworks were commissioned by Bradford and Airedale NHS to develop a series of training days around the theme of Patient Experience for staff based at St Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.

The participants included a range of hospital staff; including porters, domestics, healthcare assistants and nurses. The participants were taught a range of creative techniques including visual arts, creative facilitation and forum theatre to allow participants to explore and work through a number of issues including:

  • Exploring body language and its effects
  • Exploring use of language and conversation
  • A chance for participants to learn and practice how to get themselves from one emotional state to another more resourceful state
  • An opportunity for participants to explore and practice strategies for copying difficult situations
  • Exploration of behaviour and the underlying reasons for difficult behaviour
  • Practice new skills through forum theatre
  • An opportunity for participants to recognise the value of the work they do and how that is appreciated

Artworks delivered 10 training sessions each catering for between 15-20 participants.

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Outcomes

Participants and Commissioners were extremely pleased with the training.

Testimonials

I realise that I have a negative filter with some patients Participant
It helped to look at what qualities you each had and helped to be more perceptive of people. Participant
The body language training has made me more aware of watching my tone and manner. I value my colleges more. Everyone has changed as a result of the training, we appreciate each other more. Participant
The amount of work is the same, but I am better able to manage it. Participant
It made me aware how much my team copy me and how important it is that I treat people well” Participant

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Kirkgate Older People’s Project

Kirkgate Older People’s Project

Older People, Mental Health and Memory

Genre: Older People, Mental Health and Memory

Funder: NHS Bradford and Airedale

Partner: The Kirkgate Centre

The Kirkgate Centre Project was an arts and health project funded through the Bradford & Airedale NHS which worked with a group of older people to improve mental health, dexterity and memory through the arts. The group, whose ages ranged from 58-96 worked with two artists and a reminiscence worker over a period of 20 weekly sessions. They worked with different mediums including jewellery and card making, drawing, working with shadows and silhouettes, old objects and photographs.

Participants were invited to explore their stories through objects relating to the past and to bring in their own photos which they were able to retouch with the help of the artists.

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Outcomes

The group commented on how much it had helped with memory through encouraging them to think about and remember many things about their lives which they had forgotten.

The Coordinator at The Kirkgate Centre described how the energy of the artists had meant that everyone ‘had’ to get involved, ‘even the staff and the men’ and how, particularly in the case of the men, they had participated in activities in which they would normally not have volunteered to take part. She also mentioned that previously arts and craft activities had had a very poor take up but in this case they had really managed to engage people.

The Project took place with a pre-existing group which met regularly at the Centre. Both workers and participants spoke about how it had encouraged them to get to know new people and how, before the Project, people would always sit on the same tables and rarely speak to people on different tables and in some cases didn’t even know each other. Through this Project participants moved around, got to know one another better and even re-enacted a wedding.

Participants were initially dubious about their ability to perform certain tasks but soon realised that they could do it. Activities became gradually more complicated as participants became more able and confident.

“When we started I thought oh lordy I won’t be able but you were able. You were cutting out, painting, picking up sequins…”

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Testimonials

The trip down memory lane got them all talking and laughing – things they’d forgotten about. They really enjoyed it. Kirkgate Centre Coordinator
It’s been the best activity group we’ve had. Kirkgate Centre Coordinator
I still have the silhouettes and sometimes when I have my tea I look up at them... it were different. I enjoyed it. Participant

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Midland Road Project

Midland Road Project

Healthy Eating and Exercise

Genre: Healthy Eating and Exercise

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Midland Road Nursery

The Midland Road Arts for Health Project was a creative programme working with young mothers which used the arts to explore healthy eating and exercise and its health benefits. The artists used various arts and craft activities including jewellery making, mapping, drawing, book making and mosaic. The first session involved a group discussion in which participants talked about the health issues that they felt were most relevant to them. These were then taken forward by the artists and explored throughout the project. While many health issues were covered during the project, the main two issues explored, which were most important to the women, were healthy eating and exercise.

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Outcomes

Through the evaluation of the project it was clear that all the participants had both enjoyed the sessions and benefited from them in terms of their own improved health. N talked about how she is now more aware of the kinds of food that she prepares and how she eats a more varied range of foods as a result.

One of the great advantages of this creative user-led approach to health projects is that participants can take a lead in directing the sessions, under the guidance of the artist facilitators, around issues that are relevant to their own lives and situations, as well as allowing them to take ownership of the work and the results. This form of elective learning, in which the artist acts mainly as a catalyst or facilitator, promotes a truly participatory educational process in which participants gain a better understanding of the issues they are exploring.

NB, a participant on the Project who previously volunteered at Midland Road and is now a Teaching Assistant, said that through the process of doing the project the participants gained a great deal of confidence in the belief that they can do new things.

Testimonials

There was a real sense of pride amongst the group about what they had achieved. The artists managed to encourage everyone to push themselves further than we had thought possible and the skills and knowledge we have learnt have given us new ideas about how to engage with both arts and health and we are now passing these ideas on to our children. Participant
Cooking at home has become a real family activity (and very enjoyable) and I am now conscious of the size of the portions I am giving my children. Participant

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Pick Up Your Paintbrush and Pass It On

Pick Up Your Paintbrush and Pass It On

Young People and Interior Design

Genre: Young People and Interior Design

Funder: Leeds Building Society, Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, Denton Trust, Greggs Trust, Hilton in the Community

Partner: Vicar Lane Housing Project, Bradford Foyer, Keyhouse in Keighley and Aldo House

Artworks Creative Communities has a history of working with street homeless and roofless people across the district. ‘Pick Up Your Paint Brush And Pass It On’ is a project that develops homeless peoples’ skills, and increases their chances of attaining Tenancy Ready status, which in turn improves their chances of finding better and more sustainable housing.

We identify a communal room that would benefit most from decorating in the hostel and then deliver a programme of work, which runs for 10 weeks. The residents are encouraged to actively participate from the beginning, and gain training in decorating; in all areas from concept and mood boards to glossing and finishing touches.

Residents learn to understand how certain colours can affect your moods, learn how preparing a room for decorating is just as important as painting itself, and learn how to deliver a good standard of finish. As well as teaching hard skills, residents develop soft skills that can be transferred to all areas of life, such as negotiation techniques and team working. The programme encourages independence and raises self-esteem, promotes both a sense of community and helps individuals recognise the value of their achievements.

Initially, participants can be reserved and group consultations can be stunted and narrow in focus. As the sessions develop and the room begins to take shape, residents take ownership of the project and actively dictate the direction of work with little facilitation. They begin to discuss and plan which skills they would like to develop during the final weeks.

The Pick Up Your Paintbrush and Pass It On Project has to date worked with four groups of young people, at Vicar Lane, Bradford Foyer, Keyhouse in Keighley and Aldo House aiming to equip them with the skills they needed to move into their own accommodation and to encourage them to pursue further training, education and employment.

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Outcomes

The project has been very successful. Some young people have pursued further training and education in the skilled trades and others were signposted to colleges and apprentice courses. Those members of the group who previously had training in related fields felt a sense of pride when they were able to peer mentor other residents.

Those who regularly attended reported that they felt much more confident in their abilities to decorate a room to a good standard than they did before. Some said they are happier within themselves for having taken part, just because of the encouragement and positive feedback they have received from staff during sessions.

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Testimonials

This is better than any therapy that I have ever had. Participant (Bradford Foyer)
It’s nice to know that you can do something right. Participant (Bradford Foyer)
I’m really pleased that we were allowed to make important decisions and helped to do things our way too. Participant (Keyhouse)
Everyone was really surprised at what they had managed to achieve. It really shows what they can do. The cleaner said how nice it was to be in that room now. Manager (Keyhouse)
Enjoyed doing the teamwork and blackboard with S. Participant (Keyhouse)
I really enjoyed all the activities that took place and I think it will help me with decorating in the future. Participant (Vicar Lane)
Don’t want the project to end because then there will be nothing to do on a Thursday, I look forward to this. Participant (Vicar Lane)
They have all in some way benefitted from taking part, and, some have gone on to further education and their own tenancies: I know that taking part in the mentoring sessions helped in them achieving this. Support Worker (Bradford Foyer)

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Polish Centre

Polish Centre

Older People

Genre: Older People

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: The Polish Centre

This project worked with a group of older people who attended the Polish centre in Bradford. The project aimed to increase the general health awareness of the whole group with a focus on falls prevention, social isolation and depression. Two artists, Bryony Pritchard and David Lindsay worked on the project combining photography, visual arts and movement.

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Outcomes

The project was extremely successful with some great evaluation results proving its worth.

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Testimonials

We’ve been in good humour and happy. It’s a work of art! Participant
It was fun and exciting. We felt like children! Participant
When I watch films now, I think about how they do it. I wouldn’t have done that before. Participant
I’m living alone so I’ve enjoyed coming here. It makes me laugh. Participant
Each session taught us something new. I show my grandaughter lots of new things. Participant
I’ve used the exercises that Stephen taught me at home. They build my muscles and help my knees. Participant

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Structures of Health

Structures of Health

Intergenerational Health and Skill Sharing

Genre: Intergenerational Health and Skill Sharing

Funder: NHS Bradford and Airedale

Partner: WomenZone Community Centre

The aim of Structures of Health was to bring together two groups from the community around Womenzone Community Centre. The project aimed to build relationships, explore health issues relating specifically to the participants and share skills between the generations.

The project tackled themes such as body image, self-esteem, exercise, healthy eating, mental health and spirituality. Structures of Health celebrated the creativity of the groups, promoted positive wellbeing, empowered participants to make informed lifestyle choices and enabled the participants to put a stamp on the space they use regularly.

A total of twenty one participants got involved with the project which involved Womenzone’s newly recruited volunteers and members of both the Pakistani and Bangladeshi community. The group ranged in age from 8 to 80 and spanned 4 generations. Through learning new skills the group bonded together and supported each other, exploring ideas, testing techniques and sharing in process.

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Outcomes

The participants were thrilled with the development of skills over the course of the project and both staff and artists witnessed the bonding, skill sharing and coming together of the different generations each week. The project was textile based and participants had chance to learn, mood boarding, collage, IT text manipulation, online research, Paper Mache, knitting, weaving, hand and machine embroidery and embellishment techniques. They used these in combination with written words and researched, manipulated images to create bodices and head sculptures which depicted their chosen health theme.

Skill sharing was slow to start off, the different peer groups tended to work together and not integrate with each other. Throughout the project the artists encouraged group working and intergenerational working, they set up small tutor groups where the older women’s group and the youth zone group could take it in turns to demonstrate skills and support each other through the learning process. The skill sharing was very successful, by the end of the project the group was as one, they were no longer in separate areas of the room, they sat among each other, talked to one another and respected each other as individuals with skills and talents which can be unlocked and showcased if only given a platform.

Testimonials

I made new friends and learnt new skills Participant
It was an excellent idea and very successful to get families in for the presentation session, it was great for them to feel a sense of achievement Staff member, Womenzone

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Supermums

Supermums

Domestic Violence

Genre: Domestic Violence

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Supermums Group

Artworks worked with the Supermums group based in Cafe West, Allerton, on a 20 week project about female image and identity which aimed to improve confidence and self esteem of a group of mums from the area. The group worked with two artists, Siobhan MacMahon, a creative writer, and Morwenna Catt, a visual artist.

The group spent the first part of the project exploring emotions through writing and creating magnets with a poem they had written and the second part translating these emotions into ‘goddess’ images.

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Outcomes

Both workers and participants were thrilled with the project and feedback was extremely positive. The sharing of their work in the whole group was really posi­tive as it valued them and also gave the whole group a chance to focus on and value each woman.

Testimonials

You really persevered with me and believed in me and have helped me to believe in myself. Participant
I right enjoyed it. I loved the fact that it’s hands on. I can be me. It keeps me sane. I can express myself. The poems were deep thinking. I didn’t know I could go deep like that. Participant
I can share things more. I know I’m not alone now that I’ve met a lot of people who have been in a similar situation. Participant
We’ve all bonded more. We’re a lot closer. We’ve all praised each other, now we’re not afraid to give each other compliments. Participant
I’ve started painting at home so on an evening, in¬stead of not doing anything and feeling down, I paint. Participant
Writing has really helped get things off my chest in a good way. Participant

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The Creative Stroke Recovery Group

The Creative Stroke Recovery Group

Stroke Recovery

Genre: Stroke Recovery

Venue: Various

Artworks Creative Communities has an exceptional reputation for, and a long standing traditional of, engaging with groups through creative processes and practice to tackle health issues and increase wellbeing of individuals. Artworks is also excellent at building participants’ confidence to continue being creative once a project has finished. This project, the Creative Stroke Recovery Group, achieved all these things and Artworks is delighted the group is still continuing to run at The Delius Arts & Cultural Centre.

The Creative Stroke Recovery Group began life as a project funded by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The aim of this project was to increase self-confidence, self-esteem and the will to improve of stroke survivors in Bradford. The project also aimed to have a positive impact on participants’ physical, mental, and cognitive ability.

The group met on a weekly basis and explored different visual art techniques including: using grids to draw images, colour wheels and weaving. All these different activities had different aims including hand eye coordination (grid drawings), decision making (colour wheels) and dexterity (weaving).

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Outcomes

Through the project participants made incredible physical gains and their wellbeing was hugely boosted by the development of a strong and supportive social network around them. Physical changes included developments in speech and one member started to attend sessions without a wheelchair.

The group expressed a real desire for the sessions to continue post funding and Artworks was delighted to be able to make this a reality. The arts group now runs on a permanent, weekly basis at Artworks and is supported by volunteers, one of whom has been awarded the Grand Central Heart of the Community Award for their outstanding contribution to the group.

The group’s confidence has noticeably grown over the past months with members now feeling empowered to become a SpeakOut group which is a group that provides feedback to the Care Quality Commission on Health and Social Care services. This will enable the Creative Stroke Recovery Group to have a real impact on stroke patients throughout Bradford.

Artworks is really proud of this group and all that the members have achieved. It is a brilliant example of how participants have taken real ownership of a group and we look forward seeing how the group develops and grows.

Testimonials

I love to attend; it's the highlight of my week! Participant
H’s speech is more fluid and he’s forming longer sentences now, a noticeable improvement over the last few weeks. His confidence and memory improved. He was practicing his walking in the room which he couldn’t do before – when he first came he was in a wheelchair... Artist
Amazing – her husband is totally amazed. For her to start drawing on her own rather than copying is phenomenal. Her speech is coming on leaps and bounds – absolutely amazing. She’s doing things at home – she’s got an interest again. Artist
Before coming to the sessions I hadn’t come into town without my wife, but since coming to the group I feel confident to come into town on the bus on my own Participant
I think it [the sessions] help people tremendously Participant
It has helped me recover some of my previous artistic abilities. Also I have enjoyed the social side and friendships made. Participant

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Wagtail Close Project

Wagtail Close Project

Disability

Genre: Disability

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Wagtail Close Supported Housing Scheme

Artworks, in partnership with Buttershaw Christian Family Learning Centre and Hanover Housing, developed a project to creatively engage with a group of disabled residents aged between 18 and 64 from Wagtail Close Supported Housing Scheme as well as a local disabled resident. The participants took part in a 7-week arts programme in which they explored creative writing and visual arts. The overall aim of the project was to increase the skills and confidence of the participants as well as giving them wider access to the community that they live in. Artworks artists, Siobhan Mac Mahon and Viv Owen, worked with the group to produce a collection of poetry and pictures to form a book. Images and writings from this book were used to create a celebratory banner for Wagtail Close. The group looked at words and images that best reflected their personalities and explored and developed ways of expressing themselves through both the written and spoken word. The Wagtail Close group’s banner was unveiled to the local community at the annual Buttershaw Fete and is now on permanent display in the communal area of the Wagtail Close Centre.

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Outcomes

After the Artworks project ended, one of the participants decided to continue it. She said: “I wanted to start it back up again because we all love the art, and because of the friendships we have made, in difficult times, you always have support.”

A year after the project’s revival, the group had created more poems, similar to the ones that they did with Artworks, but with the theme of remembrance in relation to Remembrance Sunday, and they had also done card making and glass painting, creating lanterns and candle holders. There was a local stall where they were able to exhibit and sell their artworks so that they could make their own money.

A positive outcome and achievement for Artworks was the use of art to inspire a group of people using art and the fact that the group had the desire to continue it.

At the start of the project participant’s confidence averaged at 6.3/10 (10 was highest and 1 lowest). By the end this had increased to 8.4/10. 100% of the participants said that they had enjoyed trying the different art forms in the programme.

Testimonials

Siobhan and Viv were brilliant with everyone, I can’t praise them enough, they brought a lot of them out of their shells... we thought lots of those who started would drop out after the first session but they didn’t... they were really patient. Staff
One of the carers said how they began to see people as people with lives and to see a sense of value in their lives. Artist
The Project has been a catalyst for lots of other things – the carrying on of the group, better links with the local community & kids coming in to visit the Centre. Staff

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Written in Pictures

Written in Pictures

Older People, Dementia

Genre: Older People, Dementia

Funder: NHS Bradford and Airedale and E. Barton Trust

Partner: Cooper House Care Home

Written in Pictures was a partnership project between Artworks Creative Communities and Cooper House Care Home. Cooper House is a privately owned care home specialising in dementia care and is part of the Priory Group.

The project aimed to explore the creativity of older people and assess the impact creativity has on the onset of dementia. Working with 5 residents over an 11 week period between February and April 2012, participants explored various themes resulting in a ‘keepsake’ for each participant in the form of a DVD, memory box and a sketchbook recording their journey through the project.

The themes running through the weeks were directed by participants, the artists worked intuitively to decide on the best topic to work from the following week and acted upon the responses from the participants on a minute by minute basis. These themes ranged from ‘a typical washday’, to ‘Easter bonnets’. This made the project appropriate to all of the participants needs as the artists tailored it around them.

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Outcomes

Both the artists and the staff at Cooper House Care Home were thrilled with the development of the residents throughout the project, each week stronger relationships formed between the group and the residents were sad to see the end of the project.

Testimonials

G [participant] was asking every week ‘when’s art?’ He also commented it’s his favourite part of the week. Activities Coordinator
J [participant] has bad short term memory and lives in her childhood, the first few weeks J couldn’t remember attending the sessions, by the fourth week J had started remembering things they had done in previous weeks. Activities Coordinator
Staff at Cooper House noticed a difference in the residents, in the evenings J and G [participants] would become agitated and wander-some but following the Artworks’ sessions they have become settled and content. Activities Coordinator
The week to week memory seemed to improve as participants began recalling what they had done in previous weeks when looking back through their sketchbooks and memory boxes. Artist
When I first met G [participant] I was struck by his confusion and occasional reluctance to enter the room...It was also difficult in those early stages to understand the thread of what he was trying to say. However he soon began to show a remarkable head for detail and a capacity for thoroughness...As the sessions went on he became engrossed in his artwork and insistent on doing it his way with great attention to detail. Artist

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We Can Do It!

We Can Do It!

Mental Health, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Genre: Mental Health, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Funder: NHS Bradford & Airedale

Partner: Bevan House GP Practice

For “We Can Do It” two artists, a videographer and visual artist, worked with a group of recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Through the activities they led they aimed to:

  • Increase knowledge of the medical system
  • Increase confidence using the medical system
  • Increase English language skills to enable participants to navigate this system

Build confidence and improving mental health.

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Outcomes

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Testimonials

It’s safe to say that the greatest benefit by far of this project was in the creation of a wider support network and the common sense of purpose it gave our clients. With many being recent arrivals and suffering from a degree of social isolation, the project gave our clients an environment in which to meet and focus on the topic of health away from their everyday problems. The benefits are pretty weighty for our clients – the project gave them a real sense of good mental wellbeing. The growth in client confidence was clearly visible – both in speaking English and in partaking in social activities. Worker

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This work uses innovative creative approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. We take a holistic approach to health and believe that positive mental health is fundamental in improving well-being. Our work spans a number of key areas:

We work directly with groups

  • We create bespoke projects where artists work in community settings to create accessible and inclusive programmes which impact on health and enhance lives across the boundaries of race, age and ability. Where possible these projects are supported by health and social care professionals.
  • We understand that good mental health and wellbeing are central to bringing about behaviour change and therefore design and deliver all our projects with an overarching aim of increasing confidence and self-esteem of participants.
  • We do a huge amount of mental health work, both with low level mental health and acute mental health issues. We work with the general population, particularly those who are struggling. We also work with homeless groups, young carers, groups with addictions or recovering from addiction, Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities, children, young people and adults with physical and learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, older people, stroke survivors, visually impaired and deaf communities, Eastern European Communities, victims of domestic violence, people suffering from dementia, people suffering from other health issues such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and a wide range of religious communities.

We develop and deliver training and consultation

  • We develop and deliver training and consultation within the health and social care environment using creative processes to deliver innovative, fun and exciting programmes locally, regionally and nationally. We have designed and delivered a national training programme on the Health and Social Care Environment in partnership with the Care Quality Commission and funded by the Department of Health and developed bespoke products and training for NHS England. The training can be accessed at engageforchange.org.uk. We are registered with our local CCG to deliver engagement work.
  • We are experts in creative consultation and engagement for health and in engagement of seldom heard groups.

We develop bespoke products to raise awareness

  • We develop bespoke products to raise awareness of health issues in creative ways.

To read more about the work we have done in this area please explore the current and past projects listed below.

If you have an idea you would like to explore, or a health and/or social care issue you would like to solve, please Contact Us for an informal chat.

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