Pledge to help AHSW secure a campaign against loneliness!

Become one of our Key Supporters by pledging £100 by 30th August.

Before 30th August 2019 Arts and Health South West needs to secure a total of £1000 in pledges for our campaign to tackle loneliness. Pledges are commitments of funding that build up a ‘match’ pot which will match any donations we receive during the Christmas Challenge period in December. With a minimum pledge promise of £100 anyone can become one of our key supporters, but they don’t have to pay anything now. The pledge is an amount that anyone can commit – in advance – to donating  in December 2019, to match the donations that we receive from the public.


How can you help?



We would be delighted if you would like to become a key supporter and pledge £100 to match our public donations that we are set to raise through the Christmas Challenge. As you don’t give anything until Dec, you could even consider your pledge as a brilliant and unique festive gift for a loved one!

Sign up to pledge here: The Big Give Pledge Portal



If you would love to help, but cannot make a pledge promise in August, then you can still support us by helping to share our pledge campaign with your wider networks. To help simply forward this information on to those who might be interested, or share our latest social media posts via social media.


Also, remember when our public campaign goes live in December you can donate any amount however small.



We know that collaboration allows others to flourish, so another way to consider pledging is to inspire your fellow colleagues! It is an easy way to focus on your workplace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and you could simply ask everyone to donate a small amount to reach the £100 pledge promise (and/or match fund these donations as an organisation) and then pledge as a group.

When you follow the link to pledge, there’s an option to pledge as an organisation: Simply nominate one person to act on the organisation’s behalf and fill out the pledge for the group.


Why are pledges so important?

Pledge promises are used to double online donations and could be worth four times their original value. How? Securing pledges makes us eligible for up to the same amount in Champion match funds. If we are allocated Champion match funds, they are combined with our pledges to form our matching pot. This pot doubles online donations made to AHSW via We cannot take part in the public Christmas Challenge if we don’t meet our pledge target on 30th August!


More information about our campaign to tackle loneliness

The national Loneliness Strategy foregrounds loneliness as a public health issue. Frequent and sustained loneliness is linked to heart disease, strokes and dementia. Approximately 30% of people going to their GP are lonely, so social prescribing has the potential to help meet this need by connecting people to services which help to improve their health and wellbeing.

Through our Tackling Loneliness campaign, we aim to raise funds, so we can work with our networks of arts and cultural providers to deliver creative sessions for people experiencing loneliness, and ensure they are well informed with evidence and practical toolkits, as well as to help establish connections into the developing social prescribing infrastructure. We will support arts and cultural organisations across the south west region to collaborate and provide more creative arts activities for people who are experiencing loneliness, and help more people to connect with each other and flourish through creativity.

To learn more about the regional strategy, and our work towards tackling loneliness, click here: Regional Strategy

Many thanks for being a supporter of Arts & Health South West – as a small organisation we couldn’t do what we do without support from individuals and organisations that care as much as we do about the value of creativity for enhancing health and wellbeing.

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