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Art on Prescription

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Together with Little Bird, Beauty and Utility Arts recently collaborated on an Arts on Prescription evaluation project in North West Leicestershire. We are delighted to share our report conclusions with others in our sector, to further support the case for arts as a social prescribing tool for patients with low level mental health difficulties. Art on Prescription North West Leicestershire, took place at Measham Medical Unit between April and June 2016, funded by the North West Leicestershire ‘Staying Healthy Partnership’ grant and provided structured Arts and Health interventions for twelve patients experiencing low level mental ill health across two six week blocks of workshops. Using the Public Health for England, Arts for Health and Wellbeing evaluation guidelines (2016) for measuring outcomes, we used the WEMWBS, PHQ-9, GAD-7 scores and qualitative feedback, pre and post intervention and were able to demonstrate project outcomes as having a positive impact on the wellbeing of patients participating. Click on the image below to read the report....

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Crafting Relationships

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Blog |

Crafting Relationships, our intergenerational strand of work, has been running since 2012.   Spinney Hills radio pay April – June 2017 Writer facilitator and Beauty and Utility Arts Associate, Katie Sone worked with a group of year 7 students from Al Aqsa school and the Leicester Ageing Together elders group at Highfields Community Centre in Leicester to produce a collaborative radio play. Huge thanks to MGL Media for recording the play and talking us through the techy bits! Click on the link to hear their masterpiece! http://www.beautyandutilityarts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Spinney-Hill-Park-Play-V1.mp3                      ...

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Show your workings no.1

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Show your workings no.1

Today sees the start of a different type of blog post from me. See what you think … As a child I was always rearranging my bedroom. Dragging furniture around on a Saturday afternoon gave a fresh perspective and renewed vigour, if you can have renewed vigour aged 12. That feeling of wanting to reshape, refresh, reinvigorate and restore has never left me and over the last couple of years I’ve found new ways to embrace it in work and in life. I’ve not perfected anything, and I’m not sure I ever want to completely tick that challenge off the list; it’s one for life, to be tweaked and tailored through every new adventure and challenge. If you’ve come across me before, you’ll know I spend a lot of time in supermarket car parks thinking about things … everything. It’s my safe space, parked at a distance, vaguely observing the hum drum of daily life, letting the filing cabinet that is my mind do some sifting and sorting. Well, it feels like time to make the next step, or maybe let’s call it ‘a next step’, because I’m not 100% sure what it is yet, but I do know I might burst soon if I don’t do something about all these ideas and feelings building up and vying for my attention. I have promised myself (say it out loud and write it in a blog post so it actually happens) that in December and January I will take some time out to work on what’s next and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that. There are some things I want to do in the lead up to that time too. Running a social enterprise is tough. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and more often than not I wish there was a pause button because as much as I love every bit of what I do, it’s FULL ON, all the time. That might suit some people, but I know I need space, I need time away from everyone and everything to be the best I can and offer the best I can to all those Beauty and Utility Arts works with. So, I thought I would share this part of the path with anyone who is interested. The other day a friend said the words ‘lifestyle business’ to me and those two words have bounced around my head ever since. That’s exactly what the aim is, to incorporate this new understanding of just how crucial reflection and simplicity is to my work and life and see if it can somehow impact on them both. I’ve decided to call these posts ‘Show your workings’ because this is going to be about working through, sharing and testing some findings and tools I’ve already come across and those I’ll will hopefully find along the way. Time to put the kettle on now and set the wheels in motion, so catch you soon. ttfn  ...

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Take some advice …

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Blog |

Arts Professional magazine approached me recently and asked if I would contribute to a series they run call ‘If I were 22’, offering my 22 year old self five pieces of advice. Here it is. Hope you like it.

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Brand *new* Art on Prescription project

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog |

This coming Monday, Beauty and Utility Arts and Little Bird SOS will be starting a brand new partnership project. Art on Prescription, funded by North West Leicestershire’s Staying Healthy grant, will run at Measham Medical Centre until June 2016, offering practice patients opportunities to join in one of two six week arts based projects, either via GP/IAPT referral or self referral. Art on Prescription aims to create a safe, relaxed space for patients experiencing low level mental ill health to explore their creative side away from everyday worries and concerns. Our project will be evaluated for efficacy and impact of arts based interventions for patients and staff within GP...

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