Towards Tomorrow: Recovery Through Creativity – AHSW new Fundraising Campaign

In May, we will be launching a new fundraising appeal  ‘Towards Tomorrow: Recovery Through Creativity’ to enable us as a Charity to offer subsidised training and development opportunities to freelance creative practitioners who are struggling to sustain their practice amid current financial challenges.

Arts and Health South West (AHSW) is supporting creative practitioners and the arts and health sector as the country recovers from Covid. You can help us provide free training and development opportunities to freelance creative practitioners who are themselves struggling to sustain their practice amid current financial challenges.

Why is AHSW fundraising for this work?

As we recover from the impact of the pandemic, non-clinical and creative approaches to health can provide an effective and cost-effective route to keeping people well and reduce pressure on overstretched health services. However, the post Covid landscape is a difficult time financially for creative practitioners who provide these non-medical interventions. Creative practitioners need training and support to manage the challenges of working with individuals with complex needs, including increased needs resulting from Covid.

AHSW, is committed to tackling health inequalities and see the integration of more creative providers in healthcare delivery as an opportunity to address the wider social determinants of health, especially as we recover from the pandemic. AHSW want to increase access and to help more people experience the arts and culture for the benefit of their health and wellbeing across the South West and need to support the arts and health workforce to be ready, ensuring individual practitioners and organisations are appropriately trained and have the knowledge to work with marginalised communities. This includes ensuring facilitators are co-producing work with those with lived-experience. Bringing in expert by experience knowledge and skills helps ensure the work is genuinely meaningful.

In May, we will be launching a new public fundraising appeal to enable us as a Charity to offer creative practitioners free training, including co-production and trauma informed training. Watch this space for more information! 

The campaign will kick off during Creativity and Wellbeing Week and so you can also support us by attending and donating towards one of our events –

Developing a collaborative agenda for professional development in creative health

Co-creating training for arts, health and wellbeing practitioners: Using cross-sector partnerships to develop knowledge and skills



Would you like to be a Patron of the campaign? We are suggesting Patrons donate £2000 towards the campaign to help us get started. We would of course be grateful if you can donate more than this! Campaign Patrons will be acknowledged through AHSW’s campaign communications, as well as through 12 e-bulletins and the AHSW website. We will also offer a ticket to our ‘Creative Joy’ event in July and to our AHSW annual conference in November.

If this if of interest, and you would like more information about donating ahead of the public campaign and becoming a Campaign Patron then get in touch with Communications and Development Manager, Alexis Butt on

Or alternatively you can give today via one of the following ways

Direct Donation

Bank Transfer

Arts and Health South West, The Co-operative Bank,

Account no: 65169151, Sort Code: 08-92-99

Or via AHSW website –

CAF Foundation

Work for Good –


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