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Statement of Values

Statement of values

We recognise there are many different approaches to arts and health work, and that there is a range of practice taking place both within and outside dedicated healthcare settings.

As a membership organisation Arts & Health South West is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in or actively engaged in arts and health activity. By signing up to membership of AHSW, individuals and organisations are aligning themselves with the core values of AHSW.

Members of Arts and Health South West believe:

  • In the transformative power of the arts
  • In the value of creativity for enhancing people’s health and wellbeing
  • In the value of active creative collaboration between artists, health workers, patients and service users
  • In the importance of achieving the highest quality in every aspect of their work

Members of Arts and Health South West believe that the benefits of the work can include:

  • Enhancing people’s psychological, physical, social and spiritual well being
  • Developing creative organisations and opportunities for creativity in the workplace
  • Promoting health messages
  • Designing and enhancing healthcare environments
  • Helping people understand their health and health needs
  • Improving self-esteem, self-confidence and personal development
  • Enhancing social relationships, sensory awareness and physical dexterity
  • Improving communication between service users, arts practitioners and service providers
  • Improving staff and patient relationships and morale

Arts and Health South West is committed to promoting models of good practice including the following:

  • Striving for the highest quality in every aspect of their work
  • Valuing active creative collaboration between artists, health workers, patients and service users
  • Setting up inclusive frameworks for involvement in arts work, bearing in mind barriers to accessing the arts for some groups and individuals
  • Valuing cultural distinctiveness and cultural identity in its widest sense
  • Supporting the potential for individual and group progression
  • Exercising a duty of care regarding the impact a project may have on individuals, communities, and institutions
  • Developing informed, ethical and accountable practice
  • Contributing to the national evidence base for the effectiveness of arts and health
  • Maintaining an awareness of the strong and difficult emotions often experienced in healthcare settings and to working with these appropriately and only to the level of the individual practitioner's experience and training

 

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