It is the last newsletter of the year and we are wishing all of our members a great holiday. We really enjoyed meeting members this week with Inkwell Arts and Leeds' Mindful Employer Network to bring together fantastic initiatives already happening to use creativity, arts and cultures as part of healthy workplaces, big and small, across Leeds. If you are looking for ideas to get creative at work in the New Year check out 64 Million Artists' January Challenge with creative ideas from people in West Yorkshire and beyond aimed at workplaces. 

Image Credit: Yorkshire Dance/Paula Solloway

Upcoming members events focussing on arts and health

Creative Ageing Forum   

Our next Creative Ageing Forum will be hosted by Yorkshire Dance where University of Leeds researcher, Prof Sarah Astill, will share latest research on how dance makes a difference to health through projects including Dance On. We also plan to explore gender disparity in Creative Ageing with Balbir Singh Dance Company, diversity in art forms and audiences and ways we have addressed this in Leeds. As always we will be inviting everyone to join breakout rooms to reflect on what they have heard and share thoughts.

Join us 11AM to 12PM on Wednesday 12th January

Online arts and culture for health and wellbeing

Following the success of our webinars with 100% Digital Leeds in 2021 we are doing an updated session, highlighting resources from organisations in Leeds and further afield that support people to be creative, enjoy being physically active, practice mindfulness, and experience all the benefits of engaging with arts and culture without leaving the house.
We will give practical hints and tips on how people can access free and affordable content from home that may be of interest for yourself, your organisation or people you work with.

Join us online 2PM to 3PM on Thursday 20th January

LAHWN Members Survey update

Thanks to all our members who have responded to our survey. We are keen for feedback from as many people as possible about what we are doing now and in the future... Currently health and care professionals, researchers and academics are underrepresented so we are extending the deadline until the new year to give as many people as possible the chance to share their perspective.
Please fill out our survey - it takes as little as 2 minutes

What's been happening in arts and health in Leeds and beyond?

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) and National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH): Putting your arts and health practice on the map!

LAHWN has been talking to the National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) about their programme of Creative Health Hubs in partnership with NHS England and 4 Integrated Care Systems (ICSs). One of the four hubs is based in West Yorkshire and Harrogate and our local Integrated Health and Care Partnerships (WYHICP) is already pioneering in this work and wants to go further, considering how work could be scaled, replicated, and developed over the coming years. How can you help?

  • Are you doing some work that is big on innovation? 
  • Are you delivering health and wellbeing benefits in clinical or social settings? 
  • Maybe you have found a useful commissioning method or have great partnerships?  
  • Perhaps you’re forging new paths in personalisation or social prescribing? 
Help us cover the map with the brilliant work of our members by clicking the + symbol to add your work.
Put your Creative Health work on the map

BHA Skyline and Thackray Museum of Medicine: AIDS Celebration Quilt

BHA Skyline developed the quilt through work with friends and people who use their service. They put out an open call for collaborators and worked with clinicians and nurses at Leeds Teaching Hospitals as well as those who have been directly affected by HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. The quilt has been installed this month as part of Thackray Museum of Medicine's "Normal + Me" installation.

What's happening in LAHWN's focus areas?

Leeds Public Health: Health and Wellbeing in Leeds Libraries

The next Want To Know More About (WTKMA) session is due to take place on 27th January 11AM to 12PM. This session with Leeds Libraries will explore how libraries in Leeds to promote health and wellbeing for all.
Learn more about this event and the WTKMA series here including videos on a range of current health issues

Baring Foundation: Arts, Creativity and Trauma

Following our recent Culture of Mental Health event members expressed an interest in use of arts with more complex mental health issues. The Baring Foundation's most recent blog shares a range of good practice across the UK that may be of interest.
Read the Arts, Creativity and Trauma article here

Time to Shine: Ageing Joyfully Event 20th January 2022

Time To Shine will be welcoming keynote speaker Maggy Pigott, author of How to Age Joyfully, to talk through the eight lifestyle actions, behaviours, and attitudes that can add life to your years, as well as years to your life. There will be a creative, accessible, and uplifting dance session and a complimentary buffet lunch.
Book here for the event on Thursday 20th January 10AM to 2PM

Southbank Centre: Arts By Post

LAHWN have been contacted by members to highlight that new editions of the Southbank Centre's Art By Post activity booklets have been designed specifically for professionals & volunteers working across the care sector. They are intended for organisations to use to connect with people living with dementia, and other chronic health conditions, who are isolated under the current social distancing measures. 
Complete the referral form here to take part in Art By Post

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA): Practising Well Conversations

Following working with Nicola Naismith on our Beyond Measure Programme last year we are pleased to share her new research Practising Well Conversations and Support Menu - due for publication in January 2022 - exploring the working conditions for creative practitioners. A new series of conversations, curated by Nicola and the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance, will bring together new research and examples from practice alongside an opportunity to meet with peers and explore what it means to practice well. 
Leran more about the Practising Well Conversation Series
You can find resources to support work in arts and health on our updated LAHWN website including local and national networks, communities, organisations, training and development.  

Funding available for arts and health projects:

Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds City Council: Suicide Prevention Grants

Grant Size: Small Grants up to £10,000;
Large Grants £10,000-25,000

This funding is for local third sector community initiatives aimed at people with high risk of suicide. It will support social activities determined by local participants themselves, and to provide outreach work with targeted communities in order to reduce social isolation.    Learn more about Small Grants Learn more about Large Grants The deadline to apply is 27 January 2022 at 12 noon.

Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide Prevention Services - £4 million fund

Nationally a fund has also been launched to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector on suicide prevention services, to help services meet increased demand from the pandemic. Find full information here including micro grants of up to £5,000. 
Applications are open until 16 January 2022 

Leeds Community Foundation: Ideas that Change Lives

Grant Size: Kickstart £500-£4,000; Development £4,001-£15,000

This programme offers business guidance and financial investment to help organisations and individuals develop socially enterprising ideas which support people in Leeds with care and support needs. Funding is intended to support the development of social enterprises which help adults in Leeds with care and support needs to improve their health, improve their wellbeing and remain independent. 

Find more info and apply here

Deadline: 12 noon on 17 February 2022

For further information on upcoming contracts and social finance, as well as funding focused around the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Voluntary Action Leeds Funding Update here and Funding Leeds here.

Opportunities for members and their networks in arts and health:

The World Reimagined: New opportunities in Leeds

Community Co-ordinator
Salary: £30,000 pro rata

Duration: 2.5 days per week, Jan '22 - Dec '22

If you have substantial experience in developing and delivering community engagement programmes and have an interest in the themes of The World Reimagined including inequalities and racial justice then this may be the role for you. Learn more about the role here.
Closing Date: 5pm, 14 January 2022

Artist Open Call
Award: £1,500 plus £150 materials budget

Artists from across the UK are invited to submit designs for one of the ten fibreglass Globe sculptures in each of The World Reimagined host cities - which includes Leeds. Full details here.
Closing Date 31 January 2022

New resources for members in developing their knowledge and practice:

UKRI-AHRC, Entelechy Arts and Queen Mary University London (QMUL): Design, Delivery and Impacts of a Distanced Arts Intervention

Members have been in touch to share this report on the experiences of service providers related to London-based, Entelechy Arts’ distanced arts intervention -  ‘Staying Connected’ - aimed at older adults. Learning included how to adjust activities using online, telephone and parcel deliveries using strategies including check-ins, warm-up exercises and using different senses, such as tactile materials,  to encourage engagement. They suggest sustained delivery of remote programmes may require additional support measures for practitioners including hiring well-being support staff, regular check-ins, and weekly group movement sessions for practitioners
Read the Entelechy Arts report here
To explore over 600 resources on arts and health visit the Arts and Health Repository here.

What's coming up in arts and health in the next few weeks:

Wednesday 12th January 11AM to 12PM LAHWN Creative Ageing Forum with Yorkshire Dance Our next Creative Ageing Forum will spotlight the benefits of dance to health in later life alongside good practice in engaging people in arts activities. Full details and tickets here

Thursday 20th January 2022 10AM to 2PM Time to Shine: Ageing Joyfully *In person at Leeds City Museum* An event focusing on celebrating ageing and the good things about getting older... Learn more and book here.

Thursday 20th January 2PM to 3PM LAHWN and 100% Digital Leeds A webinar showcasing a range of engaging and accessible tools, events, and opportunities for people to engage with arts and creativity digitally. Full details and tickets here

Friday 27th January 1.30PM to 2.30PM Leeds Public Health: Leeds Libraries Health and Wellbeing Offer Full details and tickets here

What's coming up in the next few months:

Thursday 10th February 1PM to 2.30PM CHWA: Practising Well Conversation One Nicola Naismith with Alex Evans (Kazzum Arts) and more tbc book here

Thursday 24th February 1PM to 2.30PM CHWA: Practising Well Conversation Two Nicola Naismith with Roshmi Lovatt (Integrative Art Therapist & Creative Well Programme), Tracy Breathnach ( How Ya Doing?  Programme Manager, Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network) and Alistair Gentry (Artist and activist) book here

Thursday 10th March 1PM to 2.30PM CHWA: Practising Well Conversation Three Nicola Naismith with Daniel Regan (Artist and Arts + Health Hub), Arji Manuelpillai (Artist) and Chris Stenton ( People Dancing) - book here

Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd May CHWA: Creativity and Wellbeing Week
This year's theme: "GET CREATIVE GET OUTDOORS". Learn more here.

For further information on arts, culture and creative activities happening across Leeds visit Leeds Inspired here.

For further videos on arts, health and wellbeing visit the LAHWN Youtube Channel with recordings of this year's webinars and forum meetings as well as a range of other local organisations. 

Recent podcasts about arts and health in Leeds and beyond:

As we reach the end of the year we wanted to revisit Swan Song Projects' podcast which features many musicians we have enjoyed talking to. The Swan Song Project gives people living with terminal illnesses or dealing with bereavement the opportunity and support to write and record their own original song. Their Podcast features songwriters such as Manuka who featured at our Creative Ageing Forum, talking about songwriting and bereavement.
Listen to the Swan Song Podcast here

Would you like to describe how you know arts, creativity and culture make a difference to health on a podcast?

Health and care professionals are invited to share stories on arts for wellbeing -  please submit bullet points of your story to

Arts, culture and community workers are invited to get in touch with Hazel at Light on Leeds to share their stories at
If you would like to share Arts and Health work or connect with and support network members by recommending resources and opportunities, please get in touch:
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