All about Creative Minds
Creative Minds is all about the use of creative approaches and activities in healthcare; increasing self-esteem, providing a sense of purpose, developing social skills, helping community integration and improving quality of life. We develop community partnerships to not only co-fund but also co-deliver projects for local people. Take a look at the projects running today that you can join.
Since its launch in November 2011, Creative Minds has enabled over 500 projects inside and outside of NHS services, alongside facilitating over 100 sports events. Together, and with our team’s dedicated work, this benefits over 6,500 people per year. We have around 130 Creative Minds partner organisations from across all our localities too.
Creative Minds and coronavirus – our new link service
Due to the current situation with coronavirus, Creative Minds projects and partner organisations are operating very differently to ensure we are all keeping safe in line with government guidance around social distancing.
Many of our creative partners are keeping in touch with participants via social media, or through offering online creative activities alongside distance activities.
In order to support our work, we are launching a new service for people who use South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services, alongside their carers. The new link service aims to link them into the virtual activities our partners are offering and also the broader activities and support locally, regionally and nationally.
This will include arts, recreation and physical activity you can do in the home or garden to keep you occupied, stimulated, connected, fit and well. We are also linking up with local community partners like Recovery Colleges to coordinate activities locally.
People that use South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s services, alongside their carers and health and care staff can ‘refer’ into our new link service. To make a referral, simply send the contact details of the person you are working with, or their carer, (e.g. name, address, telephone and e-mail) to the relevant Creative Minds coordinator:
- Barnsley: Dave.Watson@swyt.nhs.uk
- Calderdale\Kirklees: Alex.Feather1@swyt.nhs.uk
- Wakefield\forensic services: Arshad.Mahmood@swyt.nhs.uk
Please also remember to cc’ the Creative Minds inbox in your referral: Creativeminds@swyt.nhs.uk
If you are referring someone else, please make sure you let the person know you are making this referral and that they have given consent to share their information.
You can also keep in touch with everything Creative Minds by reading our newsletters, which can be found on our resources page.
Creative Minds is a charity hosted by South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Our charitable aim is to develop creative activities in partnership with community organisations that help improve the health and wellbeing of people who use Trust services. This must be provision that is an enhancement to regular NHS provision.
Our Charity number is 1055931-13. More information on charities commission website http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/showcharity/registerofcharities/RegisterHomePage.aspx Enter 1055931 and click on Linked Charity button.