Growing the contribution that creativity makes

Creative, Health and Wellbeing Partnership

The Creative Health and Wellbeing Partnership for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is funded by Cornwall Council (the Culture & Creative Partnerships and Public Health Teams)

The aim of the Partnership is to grow the contribution of the creative and cultural sector to improving health and wellbeing for individuals and communities in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

In 2019 Cornwall Council’s Culture and Public Health teams jointly commissioned the development of a Creative, Health and Wellbeing Partnership for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. This was in recognition of the valuable role played by the creative and cultural sector in improving health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Arts Well, a Cornish social enterprise which champions the role of the arts, culture and creativity in improving health and wellbeing, was commissioned to establish the Partnership and the inaugural meeting was held in January 2020.

Aims of the Partnership

Maximise the Contribution

Contribute to the development of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to maximise the contribution of the creative and cultural sector.

Develop Capacity

Develop the capacity (skills, knowledge, resources) of the creative and cultural sector to participate in local health and wellbeing priorities.

Horizon-scan Opportunities

Horizon-scan for opportunities to improve local practice, lever in additional investment and grow the contribution of the creative and cultural sector in improving health and wellbeing.

Action Planning

Develop and oversee delivery of a Partnership Action Plan.

Connect and Inform

Connect individuals, organisations, systems and processes to inform and improve creative health and wellbeing policy and practice. Facilitate Commissioning Facilitate improved commissioning of creative health and wellbeing programmes and activities.

Membership Organisations

Board members represent key organisations from creative, cultural, health, social care and community sectors. The Board is co-chaired by the Director

Initial members were invited to represent the following organisations, with further members to be invited as the Partnership developed.

Public Health

Adult Social Care

Children, Young People and Families

NHS Kernow

Social Prescribing Network

Cornwall Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Cornwall Museums Partnership

Cornwall Council elected members

Creative Kernow

Falmouth University

Creative Industries

Hall for Cornwall

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

Music Service Trust

Wider Engagement

The creative sector in Cornwall is characterized by a large number of micro-businesses and freelance creative practitioners, a sub-sector of which is engaged primarily in community activity with health and wellbeing impacts.

The Partnership is considering how to engage this group effectively as they are central to the delivery of creative health and wellbeing work and proposals under consideration include:

Developing a network of place-based ‘ambassadors’; Holding local events to gather and disseminate ideas and information about the plans of the Partnership; Developing a digital presence for the Partnership with interactive elements – online forum, live streaming of meetings, webinars.

Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 required a new pathway to develop the Partnership, and has also demonstrated the value of culture and creativity for health and wellbeing. The Partnership’s activities at this time include programmes that support staff health and wellbeing, that address grief and trauma in the longer term and that support creative practitioners to develop their socially engaged practice both during the crisis and in the recovery phase.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Partnership will be active in the public engagement and delivery planning phase of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy development, originally due to take place between April and June 2020. This will include creative engagement processes and ensuring that the creative and cultural sector’s potential is harnessed in local delivery plans.

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Creative Health and Wellbeing Partnership for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Cornwall Council's Public Health and Culture teams have jointly commissioned Arts Well to establish a Creative Health and Wellbeing Partnership to grow the contribution of the creative and cultural sector to improving health and wellbeing for individuals and communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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About Arts Well

Arts Well champions the role of the arts and creativity in promoting health and wellbeing. It works with organisations, large and small, to develop projects and programmes that respond to identified needs.

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