Astudiaethau Achos WAHWN

In this section you will be able to find robust and credible case studies which have been peer reviewed by the WAHWN Steering Group. Other evaluation, reports and case studies will appear in the Evaluations/Reports section.

SParky Samba

Cardiff Branch of Parkinson's UK and Barracwda, have created SParky Samba Band. Led by Sallie MacLennan, people affected by Parkinson's(PD) have gained skills and well being.

Author: Eirwen Malin, Parkinsons UK Cardiff Branch

Can Printmaking Make Us Happier

Printmaking workshops were delivered for service users of Ty Canna mental health outreach service, to identify the potential benefits of this art form for people living with poor mental health.

Author: Edmund William Chambers - Cardiff Print Workshop

Creative Resilience Chydnerthedd Creadigol

Professional artists led creative activities with people recovering from mental ill health across community and in-patient settings, using varied art forms to build resilience and support wellbeing

Author: Chris Ryan - Arts Care Gofal Celf

The Art of Growing Strong

The Art of Growing Strong provided creative opportunities to give participants the chance to feel valued, find meaningful activities, build positive relationships and address their wellbeing needs.

Author: Alex Bowen - Breathe Creative

Celf Bytholwyrdd / Evergreen Art

A partnership exploring how a combination of arts activities and connection with the natural environment could best support people in bereavement.

Author: Kate Strudwick - Head4Arts

Stories on Prescription

A preventative stories on prescription service to help older people in the West Wales area to become more independent, resilient, feel less lonely, socially isolated & improve mental health/wellbeing

Author: Eleanor Shaw - PeopleSpeakUp LTD

Creative Minds

The aim was to support new parents, offer opportunities and a creative nurturing space. ‘Creative Minds’ encouraged beneficiaries to foster creativity as a means to promote wellbeing.

Author: Jessica Doyle - Caffi Isa CIC

Model for speeding up health system adoption of arts innovations

NHS Wales serves 3 million people. Can arts and health grow faster to serve more of these 3 million? The project focused on Bridgend West and involved Aesop’s Dance to Health and ETC Dance.

Author: Aesop

Creative Wellness

HAUL’s Arts in Health project sought to assist the local Health Board and Third Sector partners to provide arts based activities for the most isolated and vulnerable in Ceredigion.

Author: Haul - arts in health

The Art of Belonging

Weekly 2D visual arts and 3D crafts for young people exploring creativity in a safe, non-judgemental environment encouraging a sense of belonging, forming friendships, social connections and trust.

Author: Y Ty Celf - The Art House Ltd CIC

Dwylo Bach

Dwylo Bach is an interactive creative programme for early years children. Delivered by Making Sense and designed to provide stimulating educational art activity that promotes health and wellbeing.

Author: Sioned Philips, Dwylo Bach Project Coordinator and Ticky Lowe, CEO Making Sense CIO

Coming to Our Senses

A theatre based mindfulness course piloted with ABUHB staff to improve mental health and well being at The Grange University Hospital and with the Complex Care Team at Mamhiliad Park Estate.

Author: Iwan Brioc, Director, Theatr Cynefin

The Queen's Green Canopy, a nature-themed abstract painting and creative writing project

Artist Marion Cheung's workshops enable MHM staff to learn new skills, deliver art techniques independently and enhance patient and staff well-being at St. David's Hospital by co-creating artwork

Author: Marion Cheung, Visual Artist, Arting Wales

Engagement, Participation, Inclusion, Citizenship is EPIC!

EPIC offers young people, including those at risk of offending, or victims of crime, opportunities to participate in creative activities that focus on shaping identity, community and citizenship.

Author: Wendy Keay-Bright

Making Movement Irresistible (MMI)

MMI is a collaborative arts and health project that aims to create a playful, adaptable, wearable technology for encouraging people in residential homes to experience the joy of moving together.

Author: Wendy Keay-Bright, Professor of Technology and Inclusion, Cardiff Metropolitan U

Cai Tomos Creative Practice Case Study

Wales Wide Training Programme

Creative Practice Support Sessions evaluation case study from Rubicon Dance Wales Wide Training Programme

Author: Dr Susanne Burns

The Body Hotel Moving Respite

Therapeutic dance/movement self-care programme & video series improved employee wellbeing in HEIW & Health Boards. Co-funded by ACW and evaluated by Wales School for Social Prescribing Research.

Author: Thania Acarón, director & leader facilitator, The Body Hotel

Cardiff Royal Infirmary

People Place Future

We demonstrated how the creative arts can enable better engagement with marginalised, vulnerable and multi-cultural communities in Cardiff and the Vale, reframing our NHS services for the future

Author: Simone Joslyn, Head of Arts & Health Charity, Cardiff & Vale Uni Health Board

Moving Beyond Compliance

Moving Beyond Compliance is a pilot project designed to explore how movement can benefit the wellbeing of staff working in care settings.

Author: National Dance Company Wales

Dance for Parkinsons North Wales

A National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet collaboration in North Wales tackling the physical and social restraints of people living with Parkinson's Disease.

Author: National Dance Company Wales

Swimming with the T1ED

Breathe Creative collaborates with Cardiff & Vale UHB Paediatric Diabetic Unit to make a film to help health professionals understand Type 1 disordered eating

Author: Katja Stiller and Jane Hubbard

Wellbeing from Within

Creative movement workshops delivered in Monmouth helping participants improve mental and physical wellbeing through mark-making and somatic movement.

Author: Vicky Evans

Age Cymru cARTrefu Films

Creating Artists in Residence

Short films from cARTrefu 2015-2022 showcasing projects across Wales and including reflections from project artists, residents and carers

Author: Age Cymru

Prosiect Tsuru Project

An experiment: using origami to improve the wellbeing and resilience of healthcare staff in Ysbyty'r Seren and beyond.

Author: Jessica Ruth Morris (Programme Manager for Arts in Health & Special Projects)

Recovery Tree mural projects in Elysium Healthcare secure hospitals

Elysium Healthcare commissions Dr Maria Hayes to co-create Recovery Tree Murals in their UK secure hospitals. The projects enhance environments and improve wellbeing for both patients and staff

Author: Dr Maria Hayes

Shared Worlds

Online artist-led workshops in dance, poetry, puppetry, singing and mindful photography in during the pandemic to improve social connectedness and well-being for all ages in Pembrokeshire.

Author: SPAN (via external evaluator - Abi Marriott, CWBR Coordinator at PLANED and Kath


A national arts-in-care-homes participatory and mentoring programme, cARTrefu provides high-quality creative activities for older people living in care homes across Wales.

Author: Kelly Barr, Sarah Lord, Katherine Algar-Skaife, Gill Windle, Angela Rogers


Case Study

Aneurin Bevan UHB I'm Thinking of You Case Study

Author: Eleanor Davis


Using art to capture a sense of self during antidepressant treatment

This was a collaboration between professional artists, clinical researchers and people suffering from depression; to extend the exploration of experiential effects of antidepressant treatment.

Author: Dr Susan Liggett, Dr Karen Heald

A Brief History of Healing

Arcade Campfa and Llandough Hospital

Arts and mental well-being collaboration between Arcade Campfa and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board working with six artists

Author: Gail Howard

Touch A Flower, Talk to Me

An interactive textile arts project for University Hospital Llandough

This project was commissioned to capture the essence of Rookwood Hospital via memories to support the transition of services from Rookwood Hospital to University Hospital Llandough.

Author: Marion Cheung

Creative Care Homes


Music, dance and arts and crafts workshops were delivered in Denbighshire care homes, upskilling frontline care staff and improving well-being of residents through creative activities

Author: Sian Fitzgerald, Jo McGregor

Live Music Now case study on the impact of live music in social care and care homes

Health & wellbeing benefits for residents, staff and setting at Woffington House

A study on the impact of live music activities delivered by LMN Wales musicians on the health and wellbeing of the residents, staff and setting, at Woffington House, Tredegar, between 2016 - 2019.

Author: Douglas Noble & Claire Cressey

Coming Home to the Arts

Life Stories with Veteran communities

Coming Home to the Arts is a programme of arts participation and Life Story performances with veterans, veteran families and community members.

Author: Karin Diamond


Dementia Life Stories

Memoria: People living with dementia and their families share their experiences via Life Story Theatre and creative group work throughout Wales.

Author: Karin Diamond


Play About Dementia

Belonging/Perthyn is an award-winning bilingual theatre play that explores issues facing people living with dementia, their families, and health and social care professionals in Wales.

Author: Karin Diamond

Pathway to Hope

Site specific art project in Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, Morriston Hospital.

Many traumatic brain injury patients experience feelings of isolation and hopelessness. This project involved patients co-creating artwork, contributing to a sense of belonging and a positive outlook.

Author: Heather Parnell, Capital Arts Manager

Forget Me Not Chorus

Penylan House Care Home

Forget-me-not Chorus aims to bring joy and meaning back into the lives of those living with and those affected by dementia through the power of song.

Author: Sarah Teagle

Caban Sgriblio

Creative Writing to Develop Health and Well Being in Young People

Caban Sgriblio was a creative writing for wellbeing project, run by Peak, for young people facing disadvantage, poor mental health and rural isolation.

Author: Emma Beynon & Uschi Turoczy

Dance to Health

Falls Prevention programme

A pioneering falls prevention dance programme for older people developed by Aesop and delivered in partnership with Swansea Bay University Health Board

Author: Tim Joss, Aesop and Prue Thimbleby Swansea Bay UHB


Creatvity, Dance and Movement in Recovery

Case study summary of a pilot dance and movement sessions with patients recovering from the effects of a stroke at Llandough Hospital, South Wales

Author: Melanie Wotton


Pregnancy and Maternal Mental Health

Gravida Project is the very first project in Wales that looks at creativity through pregnancy, and maternal mental health.

Author: Carrie Westwater

Flow Creativity Dance and Movement in Recovery

Rubicon Dance and CVUHB Stroke Rehabilitation Centre

Pilot project using Creative Movement sessions to improve confidence and social experience for patients in the UHL Stroke Rehabilitation Centre

Author: Sharon Teear, Rubicon Dance

English National Ballet/National Dance Company Wales Dance for Parkinson’s Class

Dance for Parkinsons Class, Dance House, Cardiff and Blackwood Miners Institute

Dance for Parkinson's classes are a fun, informal way to discover the themes of our dance pieces. Class has been proven to support people with Parkinson’s in everyday life.

Author: Guy O'Donnell

Dementia and Imagination

Dementia and Imagination was a large arts and science collaboration of universities, artists, charities and providers of cultural services working together through five inter-linked projects.

Author: Gill Windle

Reading Friends Wales

Reading Friends is the UK-wide programme from the Reading Agency. It has been co-created with older people with local project partners and is aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness.

Author: Bob Gelsthorpe, Literature Wales

Story Care and Share

Stori Gofal a Rhannu

Fortnightly storytelling gatherings for people affected by cancer and life limiting illnesses at The Ffwrnes Fach, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

Author: Eleanor Shaw

Remote Choir / Côr Pellenig

Singing, technology and connection in Pembrokeshire

Participatory singing project piloted by Span Arts, for isolated, housebound people in rural West Wales. Singing and digital technology were used to increase wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

Author: Rowan Matthiessen (Span Arts)

Dance to Health

Dance to Health, smuggles evidence-based exercise programmes into creative, social and engaging dance activity

Author: Aesop