All About Creative Minds
Creative Minds is integrating creativity and the arts into mainstream health and wellbeing practice. We deliver and run projects for local people, to develop individuals’ and communities’ mental, physical and psychological wellbeing. Our approach towards creative activities, sports and hobbies is developed to:
- Boost confidence and self-esteem by providing opportunities to discover new, exciting activities and experiences.
- Develop social skills and promote social integration by connecting you with like-minded people.
- Create a sense of purpose by creating communities around shared passions.
- Improve quality of life by making new friends at events and activities hosted by us and our partners.
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 link service
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 have a service for people who use South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services, alongside their carers. The 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 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\Wakefield\forensic services: Arshad.Mahmood@swyt.nhs.uk
- Calderdale\Kirklees: Alex.Feather1@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.
Funding applications now open
Creative Minds is looking for funding applications from local not-for-profit organisations working in our localities of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. These could be organisations who offer activities that are based on either the arts, leisure, recreation, horticulture, physical activity or sport which would benefit people who may use South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services and allied services and groups.
For application forms and guidance please contact:
- For Calderdale/Kirklees contact Alex Feather Alex.Feather1@swyt.nhs.uk 07827 232698 (the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 20 Nov 2023)
- For Wakefield contact Ash Mahmood Arshad.Mahmood@swyt.nhs.uk 07342 059213 (the deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 Nov 2023).
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.