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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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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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Rikke Digerud-Waring – Arts and Dementia

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog |

Rikke Digerud-Waring – Arts and Dementia

Rikke is a Leicestershire artist Beauty and Utility Arts have worked with on a number of projects and she has very kindly donated two pieces of her own dementia themed artwork, which now sit outside our Atkins Building office in Hinckley. You can drop by and see Rikke’s artwork any time the Atkins building is open. In Rikke’s own words … My artwork is often inspired by the human conditions and related to memory, culture and diversity. I like to take real, everyday objects and transform them into something extraordinary. This work was created just after my mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia. I wanted the work to be a tribute to her but also to other people who have been affected by dementia so they could identify with the symptoms. Orchids: The last time she stayed with us, before going into a home, Peg would ask again and again what day it was. We would tell her and then a few minutes later she would ask again and get them mixed up. She loved flowers and always tended them with care. The decayed orchids symbolize the decay of memory but are also quite beautiful and poignant in themselves. Just like memory. Daisies: Again connecting Peg with flowers, the daisies symbolizes how her memory went “on and off”, bit by bit and in the end she did not remember who I was. A profound moment in any...

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Age Uk – Arts and Dementia workshops

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Recent work |

Age Uk – Arts and Dementia workshops

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Brand new 365 day #5ways2wellbeing project

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog |

So, it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow and I’m ready to start a new Beauty and Utility Arts challenge. Challenges stimulate my mind and this one will focus on my favourite thing about our work … finding innovative, creative, visual and powerful ways for us to engage with more people by listening…learning…responding to what makes people tick and how that impacts on our work with communities and individuals across Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Our 365 day wellbeing project uses the five ways to wellbeing evidence based actions developed by the new economics foundation, now in use all over the country  inspiring discussions and actions around health and wellbeing in our everyday lives. We use the five ways to wellbeing as much as possible as a simple, effective tool and now I’d like to do something different. Every day I will Tweet an action and a picture based on one of the five ways to wellbeing (see below) using the hashtag #5ways2wellbeing and I’d like everybody else out there to do the same. That way we can see a bigger picture, throughout the seasons, of what makes the UK tick when it comes to wellbeing. There will be guest posts along the way, starting on 1st January with a very special guest, short interviews to view and at the end of each month we’ll pull together all the tweets and pictures for all to see. I hope you’ll be in on this with me and spread the word far and wide, because the more people who get involved, the...

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