A new Practitioner Support Resource from CHWA

A new resource from CHWA brings together work on practitioner support from across the culture, health and wellbeing sector.

The Culture, Health, and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) know from their members that the people delivering culture and creativity for health and wellbeing need more help to do their work in a healthy and sustainable way.

Nicola Naismith’s research 2019 report Artists Practising Well reflected a wider need across museums, heritage and freelance practice for logistical and emotional support. This has been backed up by CHWA’s own sector surveys in 2020 and 2021.

This new resource brings together work on practitioner support from across the culture, health and wellbeing sector. CHWA will be discussing it in more detail at a number of workshops over the coming months.

The resource includes a selection of GIFS from Kazzum Arts’ animation, ‘Supporting professionals impacted by Trauma’

CHWA initiatives

If CHWA are to work effectively to support health and wellbeing practitioner support must be embedded in funding structures. All commissioning organisations must put plans in place to support freelancers.

Practising Well Award

Available for download  HERE  is CHWA’s short report on the Practising Well Award.Devised in collaboration with Nicola Naismith, CHWA’s annual Practising Well Award celebrates organisations nominated by practitioners for embedding practitioner care into project design, commissioning and management. The document summarises and provides a brief analysis of the support offers from shortlisted programmes and projects. It provides guidance for employers and commissioners considering their support offers and for funders hoping to understand more about what constitutes good practice.

Creative Well
In response to a series of conversations with Yorkshire and Humber members in June/July 2020, CHWA Regional Champions Deborah Munt and Sue Mackay collaborated with integrative arts psychotherapist Roshmi Lovatt to design Creative Well, a pilot programme supporting practitioner wellbeing. Read the first version of the report, HERE.


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