Refer to Us

Refer to Us

If you are a doctor or another professional, you can refer patients onto a course using these forms:

Professionals in Gloucestershire

Professionals in Wiltshire

Individuals in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

To ensure full access at this difficult time of COVID, individuals facing mental health and long term health challenges can now apply for arts on prescription directly.

If you would like to apply for a free course, please visit our courses page.

Which professionals 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.

What will participants experience?

We are now delivering all our courses remotely. Most participants will be placed in a group course. 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 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
– the Artlift Welcome Pack with further information and art materials

Where do I send the referral form?

Please email your form 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 the timing is right for you or 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 beyond their control.

Completing the form: please ensure you have filled in all sections.

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 achievable goals and the 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 are 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 of 12 -15 participants, so there may be a wait until the following term.

Arts on prescription during social distancing

To ensure full access at this difficult time of COVID, those facing mental health and long term health challenges can now apply direct, rather than going through their GP or health professional.

If you would like to apply for a free arts on prescription course, please click here to go to our courses page.