Artlift, Gloucestershire’s nationally renowned Creative Health charity, has FREE places available on a diverse range of creative and fun online and community-based courses starting in January 2022.

To ensure a place on Spring term courses, health and social care professionals should complete a form downloadable from https://artlift.org/refer-to-us/ and submit it by Friday 3 December 2021. Individuals can also read about and refer themselves to our Flourish (cancer) and Create Well mental health courses through a downloadable form on our https://artlift.org/our-courses/ page.

The NHS Glos Clinical Commissioning Group, Gloucestershire Wellbeing (GloW) and Macmillan Cancer Support funded places are available to adults living with chronic pain, cancer and/or mental health challenges registered with a GP in the county. No prior experience or talent in the arts in necessary – just a willingness to turn up and have a go with others!

Artlift’s specially trained Artist Facilitators and supportive volunteers create a safe and fun ‘space’ where confidence and friendships can grow, helping to address issues compounded by the Pandemic, including anxiety, depression, loneliness, and chronic pain.

Last year, despite having to engage with our artists remotely, 82% of participants showed a significant improvement in wellbeing[1]. A 2020 participant told us:

‘Artlift not just helped me with my depression and anxiety, but also in managing my physical conditions. It has been “my motivation” and something to look forward to, during the darkest times of my life’.

There’s something for everyone this coming term – participants can experience the joy of carnival arts, bringing their own puppets to life, making their own book, or creatively reimagining a book into a 3-D work of art!  Or, they can simply engage in drawing and painting, or developing their own poetry.

Participants have a choice of Artlift hubs: in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Cinderford, Gloucester or Stroud; there’s also a new group planned for Moreton-in-Marsh. Or, for those unable to attend in person, online Zoom sessions are available.

Artlift also employs a Creative Navigator to guide people with complex or more severe barriers to engagement towards a point where they can eventually access the social benefits of a group.

Interested referrers and/or adults living with mental health, cancer or chronic pain issues can visit www.artlift.org for more information and forms, or contact us on referrals@artlift.org / 03000 200 102.

[1] Based on analysis of Warwick Edinburgh Wellbeing Scale scores.