Artlift Cancer Support


Artlift cancer support

How can creativity help you flourish after cancer treatment?

With funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, Artlift is offering two free online creative arts courses for people living with and / or beyond cancer and registered with a doctor in Gloucester.

Choose between two courses starting on either Monday 16 November (2-4pm) or Thursday 19 November (10.30am-12.30pm) – delivered as Zoom sessions by a trained artist once a week for 10 weeks. 

For anyone shielding and feeling anxious as the COVID-19 lockdown eases, these online creative sessions are a safe space to explore making, drawing and painting with others in a similar situation. No skill or talent in art are needed. This is a real opportunity to share experiences, make new friends and focus on something positive with people who care and understand.

We know from participant feedback that this social prescribing and arts on prescription can help recovery from cancer by…

  • reducing anxiety and fatigue
  • helping with sleep
  • increasing energy levels and mood
  • boosting confidence and wellbeing
  • improving quality of life
  • fostering new friendships through shared experiences
  • inspiring personal expression
  • concentrating on positive activities and fun

If you need a lift after lockdown, please speak to your doctor, cancer or healthcare professional who can put you forward using this Flourish referral form, or contact the Artlift Referrals Line on 03000 200102 or

If you are a doctor, cancer or healthcare professional, or a social prescriber, or if you work for a cancer support organisation, you can refer your clients or patients for these free arts on prescription services. People wishing to attend must have completed their chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery.

Please refer people into this creative intervention with this Flourish referral form,  or contact the Artlift Referrals Line on 03000 200102 or email now.

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History and evidence

For anyone living with mental health challenges and/or a long-term health condition, Artlift is a creative and safe space for them to recover because of the experience of the artists, the relaxed atmosphere, and the small groups.

Running since 2016, this is our third course for people living with and recovering from cancer. With the help of the University of Gloucestershire, we have been gathering the evidence about the very real difference that arts on prescription can make for those who need it.

Many participants have become friends and are keen to continue with arts activities. We offer one-to-one support using a health coaching approach to enable participants move forward. This includes participant led ‘Move on’ groups, ensuring continued improvements to health and wellbeing.

Find out more here about the evidence of the benefits to patients’ wellbeing.

‘There was a statistically significant increase in wellbeing when comparing pre and post wellbeing scores, using the WEMWBS, for those participating in the Flourish course.’

(Flourish Mixed Method Evaluation Report, University of Gloucestershire, 2017)

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Looking for a referral form?

Flourish - Mixed Method Evaluation Final Report, July 2017

This Report provides a summary of the evaluation undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire during 2016-2017.

Flourish 2 - Mixed Method Evaluation Final Report, October 2018

This report presents findings from both Flourish programmes, and includes a comparison and collation of data from the two programmes.

Are you a Gloucestershire or MPCC GP or Health Practitioner?

GPs and other health professionals can refer people for a course of art either alongside or instead of medication and other interventions.

Artlift is also looking for GPs or Health Practitioners interested in hosting Artlift Residencies.