Refer to Us

Refer to Us

This page is for health, social prescribing and VCSE professionals who would like to refer a patient / service user to Artlift.

(Individuals who wish to apply directly for a place on our courses, can visit our courses page for a self-referral form).

If you are a professional wanting to refer adults you are working with onto Artlift’s Gloucestershire courses, please use the forms below. The referral criteria are included on each form and/or you can find out more about each programme by clicking here to read about What We Do

Referral Forms for Professionals

If you are unable to e-mail your completed form(s), please post to: Artlift Referrals, PO Box 3255, Gloucester GL1 9FZ

Who can make a referral?

Any professional involved with the health and wellbeing of adults in Gloucestershire can refer to Artlift. This includes (but not exclusively): GPs, nurses, social prescribers, primary care or community link workers / wellbeing agents, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and staff of cancer charities.

What happens after you receive my referral(s)?

Once we receive your referral form, we will contact the individual being referred for access information, preferences, and consent before they are offered a place, or added to our waiting list.

Once a place is confirmed, each participant will get:

  • a call from their nominated Artlift artist for a ‘Creative Check-in’ to ensure they’re ready for the course
  • if needed, support from our Referrals Coordinator or a Volunteer to help get online or quell any anxieties around starting something new
  • the Artlift Welcome Pack with further information and free art materials

Your referral checklist

Commitment: please check that the timing is right for the person you are referring. This way, we can prioritise the right person at the right time as places are limited. We do try to be flexible as we understand that people’s health and circumstances can change for reasons beyond their control.

Completing the form: please ensure you have ticked the box at the top (where relevant) to indicate whether you feel a group or a more individualised programme with our Creative Navigator would be best suited to the person you are referring. Please fill in all sections. If a referral is not appropriate it will be returned to the referrer explaining why.

What will participants experience?

We are offering remote / online and face-to-face course options from September 2021. Most participants will be placed in a group course. However, on the Create Well (mental health) and the Living Well with Chronic Pain programmes and where there are more complex needs or technology access issues, participants can be supported through a more tailored Arts on Prescription programme by our Creative Navigator.

Each group benefits from:

  • 10 weekly sessions to support learning, for feedback and / or to meet others (on Zoom, in a community setting, or by telephone if there’s no access to technology)
  • Up to 3 Creative Check-ins with a trained artist who’ll use a health coaching approach to help the participant set achievable goals for themselves and create a ‘Move On’ plan, which may include joining with others to sustain a participant-led group
  • In session, online and/or posted resources, like filmed tutorials, worksheets or exercises
  • Access to a private online platform and / or posted images through which to share artwork and progress with each other

The courses are free to participants and most materials are provided, although whilst we’re working remotely, people are encouraged to use / re-use items from around their home and garden.

We run 3 terms per year and each course has a maximum of 12 -15 participants, so there may be a wait until the following term.

Need to talk to someone about your referral?

Please contact Referrals Coordinator Amy Iles on 03000 200 102 /

Contact Artlift with any enquiries by phone, email or using the form below.

03000 200 102

Executive Director
Cath Wilkins

Referrals & Admin Coordinator
Amy Iles

Looking for information about how to refer yourself or someone you’re working with?