Creative Health Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council provides 6 Creative Health programmes that deliver a range of free creative activities to support residents in improving their health and wellbeing. Evidence has shown that arts-based activities can help keep us well, support our mental health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation. The 6 programmes are listed below with details for how to get involved.

Arts on Referral for Parents/Carers and Infants (0-2 year olds)

Delivered jointly by Barnardo’s & Arts Connect

  • Who: Parents/Carers with their infants, or antenatal parents/carers
  • What: A series of free 6-week arts-based activities for those who want to support their wellbeing.
  • How to sign up: Referrals can be made via health care professionals such as midwives, health visitors, GP’s, social prescribers or you can sign up using the Arts on Referral for Parents/Carers and Infants form.

Arts on Referral for Children & Young People

Delivered jointly by Barnardo’s & Arts Connect

  • Who: Aimed at children and young people aged 7-17 years old who want to support their wellbeing.
  • What: A series of free 6-week creative arts courses covering activities such as dance, music, painting, photography and more.
  • How: Referrals by any professionals or parents/carers via the Arts on Referral for Children and Young People form.

Arts for Wellbeing for Adults

Delivered by Arty Folks

Arts & Nature for Adults

Delivered by Escape Arts

  • Who: For adults (aged 18+) who want to support their wellbeing.
  • What: A range of free programmes offering a range of nature-based activities over a number of weeks utilising the environment around us and art. Mindfulness, practical and creative skills are all embedded into the courses.
  • How: Adults can self-refer and bookings can be made via the Recovery & Wellbeing Academy website or contact via the email below.
  • Contact: info@escapearts.org.uk

Arts and Dementia Warwickshire

Delivered by Arts Uplift

  • Who: For individuals living with dementia and their carers primarily, but no formal diagnosis of dementia is required.
  • What: A series of free 6-week creative arts programmes including singing, performance poetry, arts and crafts, dance/movement, storytelling and reminiscence therapy.
  • How: You or a healthcare professional can refer via the Arts Uplift website.

Singing for Lung Health

Delivered by Breathe Arts Health Research

  • Who: For adults (aged 18+) who have been diagnosed with a chronic lung and respiratory condition or are experiencing breathlessness due to long COVID.
  • What: Series of courses to help manage symptoms through physical warm-ups, vocal exercises and group singing. (No prior experience of singing necessary).
  • How: You can sign up by completing the Breathe Arts referral form. Once confirmed, further information will be sent.