Our creative approaches

Creativity means many things to different people, and there are many factors that can affect a person’s wellbeing which are not always addressed through traditional therapies or support.

We know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to supporting people with their health and wellbeing. Things that may work for one person, might not work for another, as health, wellbeing and recovery is a personal journey for everyone.

Within our Trust we’re committed to using and offering creative approaches through our services to help local people to live well in their communities.

This includes embedding things like arts and crafts, gardening, physical activities, volunteering, peer support and use of lived experience within our services; or creating new services or charities to support this approach.

We know that creativity can:

  • Provide an outlet for emotions
  • Allow people to take time out and practice mindfulness
  • Teach people new skills that enhance their life (for example, it can help them get into employment or higher education)
  • Provide a feeling of achievement or self-worth
  • Teach people things that they didn’t know about themselves
  • Provide social interactions and ways of meeting new people and creating new relationships.

By offering creative approaches we hope to support recovery and wellbeing through looking at every person as a whole to offer a full person-centred approach, and to reduce stigma and redefine the future of healthcare.

The Trust fully recognises these benefits and is keen to use them to their full potential to help support the people we care for.


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