AHSW's Director, Trustees, and Members reflect on various aspects of arts, health and wellbeing.

Director’s Monthly Reflection

AHSW Director Alex Coulter shares more information about AHSW’s upcoming events and news!

Will you donate to our fundraising campaign, Towards Tomorrow: Recovery through Creativity ? Approximately 400 of 1400 our AHSW membership are artists or creative practitioners, the majority of whom are freelancers. We want to support them with free training and professional development, and encourage more creative practitioners to join the workforce. There is growing demand for creative activities to benefit people’s health and wellbeing but practitioners need support in working with people with complex needs. Donate here to help freelance practitioners access training and support. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we are very grateful.

Through our Creative Health Learning programme we will be offering learning sessions including on emotional labour and trauma-informed practice. The first of these is on Wednesday 6th July from 12.30-2.30pm and will explore Navigating Emotions in Creative Health Delivery.  This collaborative learning workshop will be led by Julia Puebla Fortier, AHSW Research Associate, and will introduce you to the evidence base, provide opportunities to share your experiences and explore the implications for training and support.  This subject formed part of a recent training session we delivered for SWRLS, the regional library network. One of the participants said: “Really interesting and thought provoking content – I enjoyed the opportunities for reflection and the theory on emotional labour and stress in the context of work, which is not something I had considered before.” We will be advertising more learning sessions in the autumn but in the meantime we still have one place left for our next Action Learning Set. You can find out more here.

On 27th July we have our fabulous Creativity & Joy event in Sidmouth. The wonderful David Shrigley will be speaking about his responses to life and the universe and you will have a chance to get creative and reconnect as we emerge from the pandemic. We are delivering it in partnership with our advisory group of artists with lived experience of ill-health and neurodiversity, and with Sidmouth School of Art, which was co-founded by David Shrigley. You can catch David Shrigley in conversation with AHSW trustee Gillian Taylor here.

RIRO, our partnership project with young people to explore and co-produce new approaches to volunteering, is getting going and we are looking for a Project Coordinator to facilitate co-production meetings and events and help us develop a toolkit to capture the learning from the project. If you are dynamic and creative and have experience of working with young people, this is an opportunity for you to join the AHSW team. The deadline for applications is 17th July.

Keep well,


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