Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium: Collective Power Awards
This blog features one of the joint winners: Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium, made up of Art Shape; Mindsong; The Music Works; Artlift and Artspace. They all work in partnership to provide high quality, personalised, inclusive and accessible creative health services for people experiencing psychological and/or physical challenges.
2.8 Million Minds: Collective Power Awards
This blog features the 2.8 Million Minds project. Between November 2021 and May 2022, over 120 people contributed to A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds, a youth-led, artist-centred, and Disability Justice-informed approach to how young Londoners want to use art to begin to radically reimagine mental health support, justice and pride.
Black Men and Digital Mental Health Support: Collective Power Award
This blog features Kooth, a digital mental health service providing online support from self-help to peer support and structured counselling. They worked with two grassroots organisations – BLKOUT and Cultures CIC to understand black men's relationship with their mental health and the challenges they face in accessing effective services.
Road of Restoration
Last year, we were privileged to work with the Elephants Trail in Manchester as part of our lottery-funded Not Another Co-Production Project. Patrick Tierney, Elephants Trail member, shares his brilliant blog post, Road of Restoration, which considers the role of hope in our lives and recovery journeys.
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stories From Covid Times
In autumn 2021, Dudley Council commissioned the Ideas Alliance to help them get a better understanding of how the pandemic had impacted on people’s lives, in order to inform priorities for the future. The brief included the use of storytelling and one requested outcome was a visual representation of the experiences of the people of Dudley.
Measuring Impact: the Winning Hearts and Minds Way
Winning Hearts and Minds is a joined-up approach in north Manchester to improve people’s long-term heart and mental health by stepping outside the traditional approaches to health improvement. They share their ethos on measuring impact.
Physical activity: Belong dementia care villages have onsite gyms for residents
Belong dementia care villages prioritise physical fitness for their residents as they have onsite gyms and personal trainers.
Post-pandemic mental health of children & young people: Three projects paving the way in Scotland
Three organisations in Scotland are switched on to providing support for children and young people's mental health.
Clarissa on tour: A film created to improve the health of people affected by homelessness
Find out about the health-inclusion issues raised in the Clarissa film to consider how small changes in practice or policy could create healthcare systems and experiences that work better for everyone.
Making Scotland “the best place in the world to grow up” through cross-sector collaboration
We look at Soil Association’s Food for Life Scotland programme and Scottish Book Trust’s BookBug programme, two examples of how Scottish Government, local government and the third sector are working together to deliver positive outcomes for children in Scotland.
Beyond Empower: supporting healthy, active lives for disabled people by transforming mainstream spaces and services
In this guest blog, Beyond Empower founder Ben Andrews tells us about their work to transform mainstream spaces, communities and leisure services so that they're accessible to people with disabilities. By thinking differently about the barriers, Beyond Empower help providers, councils and businesses create services that everyone in the community can access and enjoy.
, Community Based
, Community Development
, Guest Blog
, Integrated Services
, Social Enterprise
, Systems Change
I’m With Sam: Tackling learning disability hate crime with Dimensions
Learning disability hate crime is a problem that is under-reported but can have a huge impact on victims. Dimensions' #ImWithSam campaign is led by an expert with lived experience and takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. They support victims, raise awareness, train police forces, work with the CPS and influence policy to improve reporting, convictions and ensure victims are taken seriously.
, Learning Disabilities
, Lived Experience
, Social Action
, Systems Change