At the start of Spring we are getting ready to say goodbye to our project officer, Geraldine Montgomerie, who has been co-ordinating our network for two and a half years. She will be reducing her hours at LAHWN but will continue to be an active member as we develop a strategy for the next three years - including how our network can work closely with new health and care structures due to be in place from July 2022.
In this edition we revisit what we have learned about Social Prescribing in Leeds and beyond, new projects in Leeds like The World Reimagined and how recognition of work in Leeds City Region is being recognised as best practice in the new MARCH report... Enjoy!

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Arts and Social Prescribing in Leeds: One year of Thriving Communities

Summary of Thriving Communities and webinar link

This month we were delighted welcome 70 members and other attendees to our webinar with Leeds Arts Development exploring questions on social prescribing and opportunities for arts organisations. For organisations with a suitable venue we talked about the opportunity to place social prescribing link workers such as with Thackray Museum of Medicine. We discussed adding projects to Linking Leeds' database so that link workers across the city can find your project. We also looked at opportunities to access funding in partnership, such as through the arts-led social prescribing "Thriving Communities" pilot in East Leeds. 

Of 36 national Thriving Communities pilot projects four have been chosen for case studies and Leeds’ pilot project led by Space2 is one of them. Initial findings show our pilot has gone well in Leeds compared to national projects and, as the project has been extended until the end of April, we look forward to sharing the evaluation in June. 

Contact Anna Quinn Martin to add your activities to the Linking Leeds database at
Contact Emma Tregidden to learn more about the Thriving Communities Pilot in Leeds at
Watch our Introduction to Arts and Social Prescribing Webinar Here

Pre print: The health benefits of arts, cultural and community engagement - A short guide for link workers

We have just learnt about a preprint of a new guide written for link workers and professionals in similar positions translating evidence on the benefit of supporting people to engage with arts and cultural community assets. It highlights research informed barriers, enablers and make suggestions on how link workers can use their role to overcome some of these barriers.
Read the short guide here

Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network: How can the cultural sector support older people’s well-being as part of social prescribing?

New research looking at how cultural institutions can operate as social prescribing venues to improve older people’s well-being in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In looking at what works, for whom, in what circumstances and why the importance of ‘tailoring’ from link workers and cultural sector staff was a key factor. Through tailoring, older people might experience one or more of the following benefits from engaging with a cultural offer as part of social prescribing:
Immersing – people becoming absorbed in a cultural offer, which temporarily takes them away from life concerns.
Holding – providing a space or environment where people feel safe and valued.
Connecting – enabling people to develop their social networks.
Transforming – changing how people see themselves and their place in the world.
Read the full Oxford Social Prescribing Research Network report here

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

Lippy People: Celebrating 3 years of the ‘Life, Loss, Learning, Legacy’ video storytelling project

LAHWN members are invited to a special 3rd Birthday Celebration Event on Wednesday 30th March, 10.30 - 3.30pm, at Slung Low Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9QX to mark 3 exceptional years of the ‘Life, Loss, Learning, Legacy’ video storytelling project. Lippy People will be celebrating, and thanking all partners, storytellers, families for support along the way. Together with over 50 Delivery partners, we have delivered what is Leeds’ first and only peer-led video storytelling bereavement support project. Together this project has transformed the way people in our city and community talk about loss & support the bereaved, using story to help people to see the potential and the promise of life again after loss. 

Throughout the day, Lippy People will showcase 40 powerful 5-minute video-stories made by inspiring people across 2019, 2020 & 2021, made by real, everyday people from all walks of life, experiences, and abilities, ages 19 - 90.

Book your ticket to the Lippy People event in person here

Launch of The World Reimagined Community Programme in Leeds

The World Reimagined will see a trail of large Globe sculptures across Leeds from August to October 2022, created by artists, who are responding to themes ranging from Mother Africa and The Reality of Being Enslaved to Still We Rise and Reimagine the Future. The trails are at the centre of learning, community and heritage programmes that invite everyone to take part.

LAHWN Members are invited to join The World Reimagined team online eto hear more about the programme; how you can get involved; the support we’re offering; and much else from 6 until 7PM on Monday 4th April. This community launch will be held virtually to make sure as many people as possible can join with the first in-person community workshop in Leeds shortly afterwards.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on   

Register for the World Reimagined Launch in Leeds here

What's happening in LAHWN's focus areas?

Improving Access to the Arts for Mental Health: Evidence of barriers and enablers from the MARCH Network

From 2018-21, the MARCH network (linking almost 2000 members including researchers, practitioners, policymakers and lived experience experts) produced dozens of papers and reports on arts and mental health, funded new research, and gathered case studies of best practice. This brief report, released this month and featuring Hoot Creative Arts from our region, explores:
  • How can more people with lived experience of mental illness benefit?
  • Arts engagement amongst people with lived experience of mental illness: What are the barriers?
  • What enables people with mental illness to engage in the arts?
  • How can we make the arts more accessible to people with mental health challenges?
Read the Improving Access to the Arts for Mental Health Report

Creative Ageing Development Agency (CADA) England - invite to join their mailing list

CADA is a national development agency for creative ageing that exists to

• Challenge ageism in the arts and heritage sectors and in society more widely

• Celebrate and champion the cultural contribution of older people 

• Lead a fundamental rethink and reflection on ageing and creativity

• Harness collective energy and impact to support systemic change

Following meeting LAHWN this month, their director - Dr Virginia Tandy - would love to invite members to join their mailing list. Find further details at or contact Dr Tandy at

Arts in Care Homes Day on 24th September 2022 is going international and asks for your support

Alison Teader, Programme Director at Arts in Care Homes Day has got in touch to let LAHWN members know she will be sharing a Get Involved Pack and registration details when their events officially launch after Easter. Please put the date in your diary and consider if you can contribute to the day, either by planning events in September and/or sharing related best practice social media posts, using #AICH2022. 

Alison is also asking LAHWN members to share comments to use as part of their promotion including sharing a sentence:  

 "We're supporting the NAPA International Day of Arts in Care Homes because.... NAME, ORGANISATION 

The quotes will be shared via social media, in the Get Involved pack and on their website event page.
If you would like to contribute, please could you send your quote to her by Friday 1st April. 
If you have any queries or ideas for other ways you could be involved, please get in touch with Alison at or by mobile on 07538497607.

Leeds Recovery College: Support for Leeds health and care staff including the third sector and education

From April Leeds Recovery College will be delivering a new series of retreats supported by Leeds Health and Care One Workforce including FREE:

  • 20 minute and 60 minutes Compassion Circles for staff groups and teams,
  • 1 day Wellbeing retreats with a range of focuses 10-4pm on Fridays in Holbeck,
  • 2 day Staff WRAP Retreats: Developing your own Wellness Recovery Action Plan in Holbeck and Headingley.
Learn more about these and their wider wider timetable here
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:


Meet the Funders: Comic Relief Community Fund

The Comic Relief Community Funding is split as follows:

  • Up to £1,000 for capacity building
  • Up to £9,000 for project delivery

Grass roots,  community led organisations with an income of less than £250,000 that can demonstrate how people with lived experience of the issues being tackled are eligible to apply in relation to four themes:

  • A Safe Place To Be: Supporting people to rebuild their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Children Survive & Thrive:  Supporting children up to the age of 11 to grow, play and learn.
  • Gender Justice: Championing those who identify as women and girls, including initiatives tackling domestic violence, abuse or exploitation.
  • Mental Health Matters: Supporting good mental health in communities and tackling stigma and discrimination.
Whilst the funding is currently closed Get Grants are hosting a free online event on Tuesday 5th April to learn more about the Comic Relief Community Fund.
Click here to attend the event, where you'll be able to ask questions directly to the funder and get advice specific to you. To find out more about the Comic Relief Community Fund and if your project is eligible, click here.
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:

East Leeds Project and Healthier Working Futures: Venues wanted for KIOSK

As part of Healthier Working Futures the East Leeds Project are hosting community events via their mobile arts and creative space – KIOSK. The 2-3 hour creative workshops will be led by Leeds-based artists, and to help young people find out more about the job opportunities available, and sign up for employment support and training in health and social care. The East Leeds Project are looking for community spaces visited by people aged 16-25 to host KIOSK events.
If you would like more details please email Kerry at

Arts & Health South West: invite arts, health and wellbeing practitioners to take their Learning and Practice Development Survey 

Through a short survey, Julia Puebla Fortier and Arts & Health South West are collecting information to develop activities related to learning and practice development for arts, health and wellbeing practitioners. Your answers will help them identify learning needs and experiences, map current resources and future activities, and develop resources to support wider work. Anyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw and they will share the results of this survey with survey participants and more widely.
Take the Arts and Health South West survey here

The Centre for Cultural Value (CCV) is looking for communications professionals to join their team.

Communications & Engagement Manager
22.5 hours per week
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 pro rata
Are you a talented and motivated communications professional with significant experience of developing and implementing successful and inclusive communications strategies, and engaging diverse audiences? Have you worked with arts and cultural organisations and networks? Are you passionate about communicating the differences that arts and culture make to people’s lives and to society? CCV are looking for a Communications and Engagement Manager to build engagement with audiences and to raise the profile of the Centre and its work. Find out more Apply by Sunday 27th March
Please get in touch if you'd like an informal chat about this role.

Thackray Museum of Medicine: Community Co-Producer Opportunity

Permanent, full-time
Salary: £24,500

Your role will help share the museum with local people – its displays, collection and resources – to ensure it is a meaningful, co-created local asset.

You will:

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with local people and organisations.
  • Administer the museums' centre for community and co-creation working.
  • Develop and deliver co-production projects across the organisation.
  • Advocate for the community.
  • Help develop inclusive access to the museum.
  • Develop and deliver collection-based programmes that improve health and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate audience insight panels.

The museum welcomes applications for this role from individuals on a full-time basis or as part of a job share as well as joint job share applications.

To find out full details (including upcoming opportunities to find out more about the role and meet the museum team in person or online) click here.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 5th April (Interviews 14th April)

Sustainable Arts in Leeds (SAIL): Business Development Consultant Opportunity

Timescales envisaged from March - May 2022 but completion date to be agreed)
Fee: £5,000 

SAIL is looking to commission a Business Development Consultant to develop a business model to support their long-term strategy, aligned with achieving their vision of a zero carbon, zero waste creative and cultural sector by 2030.
Find out more and apply here
Deadline to apply: Sunday 27th March 2022

New resources for members in developing their knowledge and practice:

Public Health England: Support for health and wellbeing campaigns

The Public Health England Campaign Resource Centre has lots of free resources including key messages, social media posts and posters such as Every Mind Matters with animations about how trying out new hobbies can benefit mental health. You need to register to access resources except those related to coronavirus.
Register here to access resources.

To explore over 700 resources on arts and health visit the Arts and Health Repository, created on behalf of Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing within the Royal Society for Public Health, here.

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

Monday 28th March to Friday 1 April WYHCP: VCSE Showcase Week An online event to showcase and celebrate the Impact on health and wellbeing outcomes of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector working in partnership with Health and Social Care. Learn more here

Wednesday 30th March 10.30AM to 3.30PM, **at Slung Low Holbeck, LS11 9QX** Lippy People; Life, Loss, Learning, Legacy Project Celebration Learn more and book your tickets here.

Friday 1st April and Saturday 2nd April The Tetley and Art House Wakefield: Panic Together This second weekend in the Panic Together programme is designed to question artistic practices, share ambitions, artists’ hunches and skills. Find full details of Panic Together for artists here.

Monday 4th April 6 to 7PM The World Reimagined Launch Event Learn all about their programme and how to get involved by registering for the online event here.

Saturday 9th April 10AM to 4PM **In person at Headingley Enterprise and Art (HEART) Centre** Leeds Menopause Festival 2022 The festival aims to bring together different organisations, groups, individuals and activities and will include a range of health and wellbeing stalls, guided talks, discussions and activities to try out, which all aim to support conversations and better information about the menopause. Learn more here.

Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th April West Yorkshire Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Knowledge Exchange This virtual event, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit and West Yorkshire, will bring partners together to explore progress to date, share evidence and best practice. Register here.

What's coming up in the next few months:

Sunday 1st to Tuesday 31st May Age Uk: Age of Creativity Month A month-long celebration of creativity for, by and with older people.Learn more on the Age of Creativity website here.

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

Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd May Dementia Action Week 

Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th June International Refugee Week coinciding with 20th June World Refugee Day 

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

Over recent months we have been sharing different ways in which music can benefit health in Leeds and good practice with singing and social prescribing. As part of sharing good practice and learning we wanted to share Scotland's Sing for Health podcast series which begins with examples of how singing can benefit health including an episode on Parkinsons. Listen here.

A new series of the Centre for Cultural Value's Reflecting Value podcast has just been released exploring the successes and challenges of communicating cultural value. In the second season, the podcast speaks to people at the intersections of cultural participation from researchers to practitioners, cultural curators to participants. Themes range from digital engagement from TikTok to gaming, the importance of where you live as well as reflecting on the pandemic. Listen here.
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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