It doesn’t have to rhyme: Collaborative creative writing as a community tool
Mel Parks shares ideas on using collaborative creative writing in community settings to bring people together, creating a unified experience often with the added benefit of new insights and surprising connections. As well as being lots of fun! Many people are scared of poetry and creative writing often brings back memories of school, and often not good ones, so I…
Bridges Project: Co-production with young people in Scotland
For almost 40 years, Bridges Project has been supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in Midlothian and East Lothian in Scotland. For some, working with Bridges Project is the first time they’ve had a supportive adult in their lives. “A lot of our clients have said they feel like no one has shown faith in them, or believed…
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.
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Breathe Arts Health Research: NHS Staff Wellbeing Programme: Collective Power Award
This week we're learning about and celebrating a co-designed and co-produced programme that uses creativity, underpinned by science, to improve the health and wellbeing of 18,000 health and care staff in London.
Boats on an Ocean: Collective Power Award
This week we are celebrating and hearing from those involved in an emotive, intimate audio artwork project channeling the lived experience of healthcare workers during Covid. A great example of collaboration and the power of the arts.
The Magic and the Mayhem: a must listen podcast
If you love working collaboratively with communities or are looking to do so, this podcast is for you. The Communities in the Making series offers a mixture of real stories, practical tips and reflections about community project participation.
Lighting up the dark: Window Wanderland
Something very exciting is happening in the windows of Coventry. A mass community event is spreading hope and helping neighbours to talk to one another in new ways through the medium of creativity and fun.
Tackling Health Inequalities in Manchester: the impact of Covid-19 and what’s next
A story about what can be achieved in a crisis when your way of working is already, and always, driven by listening, building trust and collaboration from Winning Hearts & Minds programme, Manchester.
Collective Power: Museums Northumberland bait and The Bridge partnership
The final instalment in our Collective Power award series explores a rich partnership between a Creative People and Places programme and an employability programme exploring different art forms.
Collective Power: Tracing Autonomy, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, Glasgow
The latest in our Collective Power Award series celebrates a project that focuses on autonomy as a model for supporting reflective practice for clinical, arts and health practitioners.
Collective Power: The Intergenerational Project, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
This week we learn all about a project the creates joy by linking healthcare, education and the arts. Bringing together local school children with older adult patients in hospital.
Collective Power: Daughters of Fortune, Mind the Gap
We hear about the best bits, learning and surprises from those involved in creating the award winning Daughters of Fortune - a groundbreaking, co-created arts and science project exploring the largely invisible subject of learning disability and parenthood.