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Mean Feet Dance project, One Step Forward, aimed at supporting recovery, resilience and self-management for people with mental health needs. Photo: Gabriel Munns

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Mean Feet Dance project, One Step Forward, aimed at supporting recovery, resilience and self-management for people with mental health needs. Photo: Gabriel Munns

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AHSW Annual Conference 2017

24th Nov in Bristol: A packed programme of keynotes, workshops and performance. Practical insights into what's happening with Social Prescribing and arts and health work across the South West. 

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Opportunity for Artists who face barriers - Art Bridge II Course

Art Bridge is an innovative course in Gloucester (April - December 2016) that is tailored for emerging artists who face disabling barriers. This programme will also be available online through distance learning.

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Evidence

Longitudinal research into wellbeing

Taking part in art classes can improve mental health and enhance social inclusion over a prolonged period, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion.

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Music Care Training Course

A three level training programme that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding 

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'The Archer' - A finalist in the 2012 Paralymic Art at the Edge Sculpture Competition

Nikola Wilson
Self employed
Artist, Sculptor, Photographer

During my BA I became interested in the link between art and health. In 2001 to 2003 I got a placement at Yeovil District Hospital, commissioned to do paintings addressing ...

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