Are you or do you know an adult in Gloucestershire who is dealing with the aftermath of Covid? This might include managing the symptoms of Long Covid, adjusting to life after time in the Intensive Care Unit, or just that daily struggle to get mentally and physically back on track having been knocked sideways by the virus.

Artlift is excited to be able to offer a new FREE online Arts on Prescription course specifically for those whose mental health has been impacted by Covid. This is thanks to an exciting partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Long Covid team.

Participants will connect online, from the safety of their own kitchens or front rooms, with a group of approximately 9 others who can truly empathise.  On this course, people’s cupboards will become their art store as they find themselves drawing with tea leaves, painting with coffee, or transforming their recycling box contents into stunning works of art!

No prior experience or talent in the arts in necessary – just a willingness to log on and have a go and have some fun with others! Artlift volunteers can also support participants to get set up and confident with using Zoom, and there’s no need to worry about expense as materials will be provided where necessary.

Professionals working with those struggling with Covid after effects, or individuals who’d like to apply for a place themselves should submit a referral form by Friday 3 December 2021 to get a place on the Spring course, which will run for 10 weeks starting from Wednesday 19 January 2022.  It’s easy to download and submit a ‘Create Well’ form from:

Artlift’s Artist Facilitator is specially trained in Creative Health and draws on Health Coaching techniques to help each participant find ways of embedding arts activities into their lives, thereby sustaining a sense of wellbeing. She’ll also work on a ‘Move On’ plan with each person.