NHS Trust appeals to Wakefield organisations to help deliver creative projects


South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is on the lookout for voluntary and community organisations in Wakefield to help deliver creative activities as part of the Trust’s Creative Minds initiative.

Creative Minds gives people who use Trust services an opportunity to take part in innovative activities to help improve their health and wellbeing. The initiative is at the heart of the Trust’s commitment to ensuring a creative approach to delivering health services.

To help deliver these activities, the Trust wants to hear from established voluntary/non-profit creative organisations and smaller community and self-help groups. Working in partnership with the Trust, organisations would provide creative projects for people who use Trust services and their carers.

The Trust’s director of corporate development, Dawn Stephenson, is keen to hear from local organisations and said, “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 service users’ quality of life. Creative Minds supports our organisation to deliver a patient centred approach to healthcare, building resilience and helping people to keep well.

“We really want to encourage local groups in Barnsley to get involved with Creative Minds. It’s a great opportunity to work with the NHS and build on our existing practices of integrated working with local partners.

“Alongside networking opportunities, support and information, the Trust may be able to offer financial support to help project delivery.”

Working in collaboration, the Trust aims to share good practice and build strong partnerships with community organisations.

If you think your organisation could help, visit www.creativemindsuk.com to download an application form. The closing date for applications is Friday 7th August 2015.

For more information contact the Trust at creativeminds@swyt.nhs.uk, on 01924 327567, @allofusinmind on Twitter or www.facebook.com/creativemindsuk

NHS Trust appeals to Wakefield organisations to help deliver creative projects

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