“Creative Connections” is a programme of art’s-based activities and events for vulnerable and homeless adults. These activities give participants the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills and explore their creativity.
Homelessness creates profound loneliness and chronic boredom yet is often addressed by only encouraging training and employment or focusing on problematic behavior. However, many people become homeless through complex issues or traumatic experiences that include escaping violent abuse, learning or physical disabilities, mental health problems, addiction, etc. The key to addressing these issues is developing self-esteem, self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and feeling connected to others.
Arts based activities are therapeutic for trauma-related problems. The sessions are all designed to reduce social isolation, enhance mental well-being, and increase confidence in a safe place, facilitated by professional creatives. A recent survey of choir members discovered 82% would feel “sad/depressed/ disappointed/” if rehearsals stopped and 100% feel it has a positive impact on their life