Worldwide research has shown there are the numerous health benefits to participating in the arts. The topic of arts interventions in medicine, following many years of arts/music activities for children with learning disabilities in hospitals and homes, has come under increased research scrutiny in recent years. Recognise the role of research in community care and the broader health context. These findings suggest that older women who are becoming frail demonstrate perceived health status benefits, most notably in ambulation, after taking part in intensive tai chi exercises. That same year the Trust was offered a venue to lease in the community by the Hamilton City Council at Ward Park Arts & Crafts Centre, in recognition of our work. We conducted a review of current research to determine what is known about art and healing. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees which are broadcasting under a community radio license (and not an RSL, for example). The Group develops, advocates, supports and advises arts projects in Health and Wellbeing settings in the Wessex region.
Later that year at the Dietitians of Canada National Conference in Montreal, I presented with a panel about the creative arts across disciplines and implications for dietetics practice and performed a brief ethnodramatic monologue which shared a client’s memory around eating with family (his brother) and his current lived experience at the resident home.
Our art and heritage collection is one of the biggest collections belonging to a health charity in the UK. The extensive collection is valued at approximately £4 million and consists of over 4,300 artefacts that are exhibited across two hospital sites, health centres and dialysis units in Lambeth and Southwark and beyond.
Critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current practice in arts/mental health collaborations, with an eye to developing best practices for collaboration among arts workers, clinicians, mental health researchers, and – crucially – people with lived experience of mental health issues.
The purpose was not to provide a recipe for change nor to dictate the methodologies for transformation but rather to begin to illuminate true stories and create spaces for possibility, innovation and critical thinking that may, even in this early phase of development, lead to eventual change and solutions around caregiving and feeding family that could ultimately improve health and quality of life for caregivers and older Canadians.