Artlift Cancer Support

Flourish

Artlift Cancer Support

How can creativity help you flourish?

With funding from Macmillan Cancer Support, Artlift is offering two free online creative arts courses for anyone in Gloucestershire going through or recovering from cancer treatment.

Download, complete and return this form to book yourself in for Flourish.

One of these courses started on Monday 16 November (1-3pm). Our next Flourish course is due to start on Monday 22 February 2020, finishing Monday 3 May (1-3pm) – delivered online by a trained artist once a week for 10 weeks.

If you need a lift, you can book yourself in by contacting us now on 03000 200102 or artlift.referrals@nhs.net.

For anyone shielding and feeling anxious, these online sessions are a safe space to explore making, drawing and painting with others in the same boat. No skill or talent in art are needed. This is an 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 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 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 courses. Please refer people into this creative intervention with this Flourish referral form, or contact the Artlift Referrals Line on 03000 200102 or email artlift.referrals@nhs.net now.

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History and Evidence

For adults 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 personalised approach.

Flourish has been running since 2016 and is our third course for people living with and recovering from cancer. With the help of the University of Gloucestershire, we have been gathering evidence about the difference that arts on prescription can make.

Participants often become friends and continue with their 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 ongoing 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)

Find out more about why art matters here.

Artlift Projects

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

Please contact us if you are a medical or other professional and would like to host an Artist in Residence.