Refer to Us

Full criteria for each of the following programmes are on our referral forms, which you can download by clicking on the relevant programme name.

All referral forms can be downloaded here.

Forms for people self-referring into our cancer or Wiltshire programmes

Forms for medical / other professionals who’d like to make a referral

Arts on prescription during social distancing

Artlift is currently delivering arts on prescription remotely – online for those with access to the technology or by telephone and / or post for those who are not.

We will resume face-to-face group sessions in line with Government and NHS guidance and in close liaison with our participant and health sector co-producers and artists.

Who can make a referral?

Any professional involved with the health and wellbeing of adults in Gloucestershire or Wiltshire 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.

For our Flourish (cancer) and Creative by Nature (Wiltshire) programmes (coming soon), it is also possible for potential participants to refer themselves.

What will participants experience?

Most participants will be placed in group courses. However, on the Create Well (Mental Health) Programme ONLY and where there are more complex needs or technology access issues, participants can be supported through a more tailored arts experience including one-to-one sessions with our artists.

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

When we receive self-referrals, the place will be confirmed only once we have contacted and received additional information from their nominated medical professional.

Once a place is confirmed, prior to their course starting, each participant will get
– a call from their nominated Artlift Artist for a ‘Creative Check-in‘ to ensure they’re ready for the course
– the Artlift Welcome Pack with further information and art materials

Where do I send the referral form?

Please email your form for
– Gloucestershire programmes to:
– Wiltshire programme to:

If you are unable to email your form, please post it to
Artlift Referrals, PO Box 3255, Gloucester GL1 9FZ

Your referral checklist

Commitment: please check that this is the right time for you / the person you’re referring to engage in an Artlift course. This will help ensure we allocate limited places to people likely to see the course through (albeit we do understand there will always be some changes in people’s health or circumstances which are outside their control).

Completing the form: please ensure you’ve filled out all sections of the form. Unfortunately, if it’s incomplete, we won’t be able to process the form and offer a place.

For Gloucestershire programmes, please email the form to
For the Malmesbury residency, please email the form to

If this is not possible, please post it to:
Artlift Referrals, PO Box 3255, Gloucester, GL1 9FZ

Please note

  • If a referral form is incomplete, Artlift will return it to the referrer for completion
  • If a referral is not appropriate it will be returned to the referrer explaining why

Each group benefits from

  • Eight to ten weekly sessions to support learning, for feedback and/or to meet others (online or by telephone if there’s no access to technology)
  • Up to three Creative Check-ins with a trained artist who’ll facilitate setting of achievable goals and creation of a ‘Move On’ plan, which may include joining with others to sustain a participant-led group
  • Online or posted resources, like filmed tutorials, worksheets or exercises
  • An 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 will also be encouraged to use / re-use items from around their home and garden.

We run three to five terms per year and each course has a maximum capacity of 12 -15 per group, so there may be a wait until the following term.