Local people in Calderdale are invited to Creative Minds Live – a celebration of creative approaches used by NHS teams throughout the district – on Thursday 13 December.
Creative Minds Live will take place at the Artworks Gallery, Shaw Lodge Mills, Simmonds Lane, Halifax, between 12noon and 3pm, to mark a year of creative projects and initiatives that have been developed as part of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Creative Minds strategy.
A full programme of events for the day has been planned including presentations by local NHS services, highlighting the impact creative activities can have on people’s wellbeing.
A short film by Calderdale’s substance misuse service, highlighting how Creative Minds projects have helped people overcome problems with drugs or alcohol, will be followed by an introduction to Art for Wellbeing, a Creative Minds project which enables service users to access art classes in a supportive environment.
Workshops in the second half of the event will focus on topics including:
- Recovery Radio – in which people with long-term health problems learn to produce and present modern radio broadcasts;
- Changing Landscapes – a scheme inspiring older people to create art, poetry and dance;
- Stepping Out – encouraging older Asian women to try a range of activities to broaden their interests
The Trust’s Creative Minds strategy was introduced in November 2011 to recognise its commitment to having a creative approach to service delivery and to promote more opportunities for individuals and groups to develop creatively.
Steven Michael, the Trust’s chief executive said, “The Creative Minds Live events are an opportunity to showcase the different projects which have been running in our local communities to involve people in creative activity. Creative approaches have been proven to achieve high quality outcomes for people who use health services by boosting self-esteem and confidence, creating the opportunity for people to engage with those around them, and helping to break down barriers between staff and service users.”
The Creative Minds Live event is open to everyone and there is no need to book a place. Everyone is welcome to attend as much or as little of the event as they wish and get involved in any of the workshop sessions.