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Berkeley Vale Health Community Arts Project

Berkeley Vale Health community, an integrated health community serving 38,000 people, has pioneered using the Arts to improve people’s health and to enhance health environments. Winner of the Arts & Health South West Award for a Health Organisation in 2012.

Led by local GP’s a range of medical needs were identified across the whole community:

  • An ageing population in which dementia and associated conditions, giving rise to lack of self esteem, loss of confidence, and a loss of their histories, are increasingly prevalent
  • An increasingly obese population in which childhood obesity is of great concern
  • Increasing costs and rising consultancy rates amongst GP’s 

Furthermore these conditions gave rise to the general feeling that it is difficult to quantify that larger numbers of people are less happy with their lives, so addressing their ‘well being’ was part and parcel of the need identified by the GP’s
The work was broken down into a number of different projects that took place in primary care premises, in local nursing homes and also involved a major arts project to humanise a new community hospital:

  • Vale Community Hospital arts project
  • Artists in residence- GP surgeries
  • Dance – using dance to enhance peoples physical health
  • Try to Remember- poetry project in patients with Dementia

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