About the programme

Flourish is a programme of projects and initiatives co-designed to impact positively on:

  • people living with or beyond cancer
  • the breadth and quality of creative output by professional or non-professional artists who have been touched by cancer
  • broader thinking around cancer and integrative care in the arts, medical profession and/or wider population

Flourish was established in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2016 for adults living with or moving on from cancer. Thanks to their investment and a grant from GLoW (Gloucestershire Wellbeing) Arts on Prescription courses were run until 2022.

Adults who would still like to benefit from Artlift’s Arts on Prescription courses, can self-refer to our Create Well programme or be referred by a professional to the mental health or our Living Well with Chronic Pain programme.

 Artlift is now excited to be partnering with Yes to Life on our ‘Flourish Magazine’ project supporting dialogue through art between people living with/beyond cancer and the medical professionals working with them. Click here to find out more.

University of Gloucestershire Studies

The University of Gloucestershire have undertaken 2 studies of Artlift’s Flourish projects, and concluded:

There was a statistically significant increase in wellbeing when comparing pre and post wellbeing scores, using the WEMWBS, for those participating in the Flourish course.

(Flourish Mixed Method Evaluation Report, University of Gloucestershire, 2017)

We know from former participant feedback during these studies that Flourish can help recovery from cancer by…

  • reducing anxiety and fatigue
  • helping with sleep
  • increasing energy levels and mood
  • boosting confidence and wellbeing
  • improving quality of life
  • fostering new friendships through shared experiences
  • inspiring personal expression
  • concentrating on positive activities and fun

You can find the full reports on Flourish here.

Flourish - Mixed Method Evaluation Final Report, July 2017

This Report provides a summary of the evaluation undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire during 2016-2017.

Flourish 2 - Mixed Method Evaluation Final Report, October 2018

This report presents findings from both Flourish programmes, and includes a comparison and collation of data from the two programmes.

How Flourish has impacted on participants

Watch our short films to hear what former participants had to say.

Are you a potential participant?

Refer yourselfIf you are an individual living in Gloucestershire and would like to put yourself forward for either our Create Well or ICU Leavers programmes, please...

Are you a health professional?

Refer to usIf you are a health, VCSE or social prescribing professional, or are working with a patient / service user who could benefit from Arts on Prescription please...