Grow: Our Spring programme of workshops is now open to book

Arts Well: Grow is our programme of professional development workshops, aimed at practitioners working in the space of creativity, culture, health and wellbeing. Our six-session programme for April and May is now open for bookings. These online workshops are designed to provide you with information and guidance, with the emphasis on being able to put your learning into practice.

Each workshop is a standalone session covering an aspect of arts, health and wellbeing practice but many participants have attended the full programme of six workshops.

See what our online participants have said:

“Brilliant thank you so much Jayne for the session and links. I learnt a huge amount”

“Excellent wealth of information and all good for my start into the arts and health sector”

“Really useful information and advice. Focusing, positive and galvanising.”

“Really useful – lots of information shared, easy to follow presentation and helpful slides.”

“The timing and content on the powerpoints was one of the best I’ve experienced in an online training.”

“I was really impressed with the way that it was delivered, given that it was on Zoom rather than in the room, I felt engaged with the delivery and learning, which isn’t always the case with webinars.”

“Nice sized group, I felt it was a safe space to ask questions that came to mind.”

“The session was informative, engaging and seemed to fly by.”

“Great to have all the information and links sent through afterwards . Very generous.”

At just two and a half hours long, including a break, the sessions recognise the need to reduce screen fatigue and allow time for discussion and questions throughout.

Bookings are now open – click on the links below. You will need to be able to use Zoom for the session – you don’t need to download any software, just click on the link on your laptop, tablet or phone. If you have not used it before, there will be an optional introduction 10 minutes before the start of each session.

We recognise the very different circumstances that people are facing, especially as a consequence of this pandemic, so the workshops are available at 3 different price points – £25 is the standard price; £15 concessionary or a donation for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Please pay the appropriate price for your circumstances, acknowledging that Arts Well is a small not-for-profit organisation that relies on this trading income to deliver its activities.

Writing funding bids and applications

Thursday 15th April, 2.00 – 4.30 p.m.

This workshop will look at different types of funding, show you how to research and select the right funder for your project, structure your funding bid and become more confident and skilled in writing your bid to make you and your project stand out.

Creativity and dementia good practice

Wednesday 28th April, 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

In this session you will explore the benefits of creativity for people living with dementia. You will have a brief introduction to dementia awareness, learn how to tailor your practice so it is accessible and engaging, and get advice about working in specific settings.

Outcomes and evaluation

Thursday 6th May, 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

This workshop focuses on the importance of evaluating your activities or project – why and what you should evaluate, different approaches and popular and appropriate evaluation tools. An essential session for anyone running arts and health activities.

Facilitating mental wellbeing through creativity

Wednesday 12th May, 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

As well as exploring the benefits of creativity for mental wellbeing, this session includes mental health awareness, maintaining healthy boundaries, and safe and ethical practice. We will consider how to bring the Five Ways to Wellbeing into creative workshops and also the challenges of delivering during this current pandemic.

Researching the evidence base for arts, health and wellbeing

Tuesday 25th May, 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

This workshop will introduce you to key sources of evidence for the impact of arts, culture and creativity on health and wellbeing and give you an opportunity to discuss how to keep your knowledge up to date.

Delivering creative activities for social prescribing

Thursday 27th May, 2.00 – 4.30 p.m.

This session provides an opportunity for you to find out more about social prescribing models and the contribution your creative practice could make. You will explore the various considerations involved and discuss how to present your proposals.