Special workshops for creative minds in Calderdale


To mark the launch of its Creative Minds strategy South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding a special event in Halifax on Thursday 3rd November.

Creative Minds is a programme of work that focuses on creativity to achieve high quality outcomes for service users. Creativity in the Trust includes sport, the arts, leisure activities, life story work and gardening; anything that uses a creative approach to achieve better health outcomes.

The use of creative activities in healthcare has been shown to increase self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose, develop social skills, help community integration and improve quality of life.

The Trust recognises these benefits and its Creative Minds strategy underlines its commitment to having a creative approach to service delivery

To celebrate the launch a special event will be held at Victoria Theatre in Halifax on Thursday 3rd November between 1pm- 4pm.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in creativity in healthcare including people who use our services, their carers, partner organisations and the public.

The day will include a description of what is meant by creativity and its importance to people who use services, as well as workshops run by our partner organisations giving people a taster of different creative approaches used across the Trust.

Workshops include:

Drawing –short drawing lesson delivered by The Artworks Drama –drama therapy delivered in conjunction with the Victoria Theatre Sing – perform a song with HOOT Calderdale Museums- handle objects from Bankfield Museum Verd de Gris – an interactive display offering new ways to talk and think about mental health and wellbeing.

Phil Walters, the Trust’s head of equality and inclusion, said, "When people hear the phrase ‘creativity’ they immediately think of the arts. Whilst the arts are a key and vital example of creativity in healthcare, there are many more examples. Creativity in our Trust defines anything that uses a creative approach to achieve better health outcomes. We hope local people will be able to join us and find out more about how creativity can achieve high quality outcomes for people who use our services."

As well as this event in Halifax other events will also be held in Barnsley, and Kirklees.

• Monday 7th November, Pathways, Mirfield, 10.30am – 2.30pm • Wednesday 9th November, Assembly Rooms, Barnsley, 12.30pm – 5pm

For more information or to book a place at the Halifax event, please call 01422 305942 or email Alison.metcalfe@calderdale.gov.uk When booking please indicate which workshop you’d like to take part in.

Find out more at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/creativeminds

Special workshops for creative minds in Calderdale

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