Arts & Health South West

Connecting through Creativity: tackling loneliness

We want to inspire and help more people to connect with each other and flourish through creativity. We will support arts and cultural organisations across the south west region to collaborate and provide more creative arts activities for people who are experiencing loneliness.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115339)

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£6,987

Donations

26

Championed by Wiltshire Match Fund

  • We support Arts & Health South West because we felt it was important to not only share our work with other like minded people but also be part of a bigger movement to encourage arts as part of supporting people's health and wellbeing. Linking arts & health can make a difference to peoples recovery.

    — Retired Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • I support Arts & Health South West because I am a newly graduated fine artist who struggles with mental health issues and uses art to express myself. I want to continue to educate others and influence society to use art in a positive way to let out feelings in whatever way that entails.

    — Artist

  • I support Arts & Health South West because I believe in their work and the powerful changes that art and creativity can make to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

    — Creative Practitioner

Situation

The national Loneliness Strategy foregrounds loneliness as a public health issue. Frequent and sustained loneliness is linked to heart disease, strokes and dementia. Loneliness is a subjective feeling a person has about the gap between their desired and actual levels of social contact or intimacy. Social isolation is more about the quantity of contacts people have. Approximately 30% of people going to their GP are lonely. Social prescribing has the potential to help meet this need.

Solution

Creative activities can connect people with their inner and outer worlds, helping them make meaning and expand their horizons. In groups creativity can help people to connect by sharing stories while making and learning new skills. We will work with our networks of arts & cultural providers to deliver creative sessions for people experiencing loneliness, ensure they're well informed with evidence & practical toolkits and help make connections into the developing social prescribing infrastructure