WAHWN Knowledge Bank (All)

The WAHWN Knowledge Bank contains all kinds of resources and information submitted by members of the Network. You can click the buttons to filter the resources, or use the search function. If you have something to share with the knowledge bank then you can submit it through the User Area.

Filter by Category

Case Studies
Articles / Interviews
Audio / Video
Whitepapers / Research
Resource Packs / Kits
Evaluation / Reports

Space to Grow

Part One Evaluation

Photo credit: Magda Lackowska

Author: Kate Denner, Down to Earth

CVUHB Space to Grow Evaluation

Part Two evaluation

Space to Grow - Part Two Evaluation

Author: Kate Denner, Down to Earth

Space to Grow / Lle i Dyfu

A Space To Grow, Lle i Dyfu is a social prescribing project which connects growing and creating through a synergistic combination of the creative arts, nature + food-based sharing

Author: Melanie Wotton

Youth Against Porn toolkit

This is a flipbook aimed at school children. It is way in which children can talk about the dangers of porn and make good choices. This is the Asian version.

Author: Glenn Miles

Good Touch Bad Touch flipbook

This is a toolkit for adults to use with children to create a safe space to talk about sexual abuse

Author: Glenn Miles

Vibe Tribe Music Medicine

An arts for wellbeing project delivered in community spaces across Flintshire. Increasing confidence and empowering members of the local community to have their voices heard.

Author: Jessica Sparks, Youth & Education Director, Art & Soul Tribe

Ymestyn Allan | Reaching Out Film

In Jan- Mar 2024, 'Reaching Out' provided arts activities to individuals experiencing barriers to community arts in Gwent because of special support needs and for in-patients.

Author: Inside Out Cymru

Reaching Out: Art for Wellbeing across Gwent

‘Reaching Out’ delivered 36 specially designed creative activities across Gwent, connecting with those who couldn’t normally access this provision because of barriers in support.

Author: Inside Out Cymru

Creative Prescribing Discovery Programme

HDUHB formed a coalition of cross-sector partners to embed evidenced based arts activity into social prescribing practice across the health board to reduce health inequalities.

Author: Kathryn Lambert, HDUHB

The Body Hotel: Moving Self-Compassion Employee Wellbeing Programme

NHS Wales movement-for-employee-wellbeing programme offers workshops & creates online resources on creative self-care practices. SROI Evaluation measures benefits for staff resilience & team cohesion.

Author: The Body Hotel

HDUHB Arts Boost Arts & Mental Health Programme

Evaluation Report Year 2

Evaluation report from HDUHB Year 2 Art Boost arts and mental health programme funded by The Baring Foundation and Arts Council Wales.

Author: Dr Gareth Davies

HDUHB Creative Prescribing Discovery Programme

Evaluation Report

HDUHB ACW funded Creative Prescribing Discovery Programme evaluation report prepared by Billy Woods, Tritech Institute and Innovation. Evaluation Lead is Professor Chris Hopkins.

Author: Billy Woods Tritech Institute

Wellness with WNO

Wellness with WNO is a singing and breathing programme designed to support people with Long COVID symptoms such as breathlessness, anxiety and fatigue, in Wales.


Let’s Talk Preventative Healthcare podcast, episode 18: ‘the transformative impact of creative health’.

Dr Teri Howson-Griffiths, the Arts in Health Strategic Lead for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board discusses the transformative impact of participatory arts in healthcare.

Author: Let's Talk Preventative Healthcare Podcast, Dr Teri Howson-Griffiths

How and why does creativity support wellbeing? New learnings

Findings, recommendations and main outputs from our recent creativity and wellbeing project and introduces a new pathways model.

Author: Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Social Value of Movement and Dance

Movement, dance and exercise are understood to have significant benefits for physical and mental wellbeing.

Author: Sport and Recreation Alliance

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

SNPTCAN Referral System

Swansea Neath Port Talbot Community Advice Network (SNPT CAN) is a partnership of local advice centres that provide free advice & support. It is for organisations, rather than service users.


The Body Hotel Moving Self Compassion

SROI Evaluation

Social Return on Investment Evaluation of the Body Hotel's Moving Self Compassion Programme. More info about the programme and evaluation here.

Author: The Body Hotel

Mental Health Toolkit

Cult Cymru

Mental Health Toolkit for Creatives Creative workers often face unique challenges in managing their mental health and wellbeing.

Author: Cult Cymru

Creatively Minded Men

Exploring men’s participation in arts and mental health activities

Baring Foundation's latest report is a compilation of research, data and case studies in this field of men's participation in creative health.

Author: David Cutler and Harriet Lowe

A short documentary featuring two participants in the Making Well Course

Making Well is a ‘green prescribing’ programme promoting healing for people experiencing psychological distress by using traditional craft making, conservation, and contemplation.

Author: The Fathom Trust

Sparky Samba

Samba for Parkinsons

Short film highlighting the benefits of playing samba for people living with Parkinson's Disease

Author: Amy Fleming

Creative Health Toolkit

National Centre for Creative Health

NCCH is delighted to announce in partnership with NHS England we have launched an online Creative Health Toolkit.

Author: National Centre for Creative Health

Craft of Wellbeing Crefft Lles

Ruthin Craft Centre

Exploring the relationship between craft and mindfulness

Author: Ruthin Craft Centre

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

DanceWell Evaluation Report

An evaluation of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Dance on Prescription pilot

DanceWell was a one year project delivered by Arts Care/Gofal Celf in partnership with HDUHB for patients with chronic illness and/or mobility issues via the 2T's GP Cluster Community MDT.

Author: Sarah Rees, HDUHB

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

Creative Health Review Report 2023

How Policy Can Embrace Creative Health

The National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG AHW) launched the report of the Creative Health Review on 6th December 2023.

Author: Centre for Creatve Health and APPG Arts Health & Wellbeing

NAPA A Managers Guide to Art in Care Homes

Why and how to develop arts activities in your care home

A new resource from NAPA, funded by the Baring Foundation highlighting the benefits of arts in care homes

Author: NAPA

Creative Ageing What Next?

Essays Compiled by the Baring Foundation

A short collection of essays from practitioners in creative ageing about what a future agenda for the movement might look like

Author: The Baring Foundation

Prosiect Hinsawdd Climate Project

Climate Project

Prosiect Hinsawdd/Climate Project fideo/video

Author: Bethan Page, Lowri Page

Creative Roots for Wellbeing Through Art

blog post by Mark Jones

The Creative Roots Project is an arts project that has been funded by the Arts Council for Wales and G4S and was delivered in Parc Prison from September 2022 to May 2023

Author: Mark Jones

Creative Health Quality Framework

CHWA new tool articulating what “good” looks like for creative and cultural initiatives that aim to support people’s health and wellbeing.

Author: Jane Willis, Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

Care Creatively

Care Creatively was an artist led project targeting the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

Author: Making Sense CIC

A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd blog.

A brief account of A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd: a participatory arts project with Susan Adams and Penny Hallas. Written for Powys Experts by Experience

Author: Penny Hallas and Susan Adams

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

New outdoor spaces at Swansea Bay hospitals

commemorate the pandemic

A poignant and lasting outdoor tribute to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot is being unveiled from this week, beginning with a special event in Morriston Hospital.

Author: SBUHB

Supervision and Self Care for Artists video

WAHWN and Re-Live

Re-Live founders discuss the importance of supervision and self-care for Arts In Health practitioners.

Author: Karin Diamond and Alison O'Connor

All Wales Trauma-Informed Organisation Training

Training by Barnardo's Cymru funded by Welsh Government, aligned to the Welsh Trauma Framework to support a coherent, consistent approach to developing & implementing trauma-informed practice.

Author: Barnardo's Cymru

New research UCL linking arts to longer healthier lives

A new report summarising UCL Social Biobehavioural Research Groups work using cohort study data to explore the impact of the arts on population health

Author: UCL

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

Evaluation poster The Body Hotel Moving Respite

Evaluation Report Poster

The Body Hotel: Moving Respite, an employee wellbeing dance/movement pilot programme Nov 2021 to April 2022, funded by ACW and HEIW with additional Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB partnership

Author: Thania Acaron The Body Hotel

How Ya Doing? Sut Mae'n Mynd?

Evaluation Report

How Ya Doing? evaluation report by Jane Willis

Author: Jane Willis

How Ya Doing?

Evaluation Video

Evaluation film following How Ya Doing? Sut Mae'n Mynd? artist wellbeing programme - offering freelance practitioners an opportunity to Pause, Share and Step

Author: WAHWN

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

DCMS Evidence Summary for Policy

The Role of the Arts in Improving Health & Wellbeing

This evidence summary has been commissioned by DCMS in response to the World Health Organisation report “What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing?”

Author: Dr Daisy Fancourt

WHO What is the Evidence on the Role of the Arts in Improving Health & Wellbeing. A Scoping Review

Highlighting global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing

Author: WHO

The Work Hurts

Artist support and supervision

The Work Hurts by Alison O'Connor, USW, exploring the emotional impact on arts practitioners of working in health, social care and participatory settings published by the Journal of Arts and Health

Author: Alison O'Connor

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

Cwm Taf UHB Arts & Minds Project Newsletter

Creative Transitions

Esyllt George, Arts Coordinator at CTMUHB celebrates successes from her Arts & Minds, Baring Foundation and ACW funded programme

Author: Esyllt George

Hybrid Arts and Crafts

Hybrid Arts & Crafts delivered in New Horizons Centre Aberdare & online using zoom. The group provides a safe space, where people feel able to relax, to be themselves and to express themselves.

Author: Helen Hughes

Evaluation of the Arts and Health Coordinator Capacity Building Programme

impact of the arts and health coordinator roles within health boards across Wales.

UK Research & Consultancy Services Ltd evaluation of the impact of the Arts and Health Coordinator roles within Health Boards across Wales.

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

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

Arts and Health Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB


Esyllt George, Arts and Health Coordinator shares the range of activity across Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board sites

Author: Esyllt George

Strictly Parkinsons

A four minute video filmed with the idea of promoting dance for Parkinsons throughout Wales. We wish it to be shown in Drs surgeries, by OTS and Physio's, to reach people living with Parkinsons.

Author: Producer, Eleanor Brown,

The need for robust critique of research on social and health impacts of the arts

Stephen Clift, et al. (2021): The need for robust critique of research on social and health impacts of the arts, Cultural Trends, https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2021.1910492

Author: Stephen Clift, Kate Phillips and Stephen Pritchard

Dance for Parkinsons

National Dance Company Wales and English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's classes report.

Author: NDCW

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

Baring Foundation The Directory

Creatively Minded

Over 300 arts organisations delivering arts and mental health work.

Author: Baring Foundation

HARP Approach and Recommendations Video

Recommendations and Approach

Video sharing the recommendations from the HARP - Health, Arts, Research, People programme.

Author: HARP

Stories on Prescription

People Speak Up

A 6 month pilot project which explored the ways in which storytelling and related creative activities have on participants' health and wellbeing.

Author: PeopleSpeakUp

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

Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts for Health & Wellbeing

Animation Film

Short animated film highlighting Cardiff & Vale University Health Board's arts, health and wellbeing programme through 7 strategic objectives.

Author: Cardiff & Vale UHB

Arts and Creativity for Severe Mental Illness

Baring Foundation

A new research review from the Baring Foundation exploring What is the role of arts and creativity for people with a severe mental illness?

Author: Hannah Zeilig, Corinna Hackmann, Julian West, Melanie Handley and Jasmin Plant

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

MARCH Network Improving Access to the Arts for Mental Health

Evidence of Enablers and Barriers

Research from the MARCH Network around enablers and barriers to the arts for people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Author: MARCH Network

Social Prescribing Framework for Wales

Zoom Recording

Nicola Evans, Head of Healthy Communities and Health Inequalities, Welsh Government presents the evolving social prescribing framework for Wales at a WAHWN network meeting on 25th February.

Author: WAHWN

From Surviving to Thriving

Building a model for sustainable practice in creativity and mental health

The report follows a 6-month project to understand how we might help more people and organisations using creativity to support mental health to survive and thrive.

Author: Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance

cARTrefu evaluation

Social Return on Investment

Short animation about the Social Return on Investment from the cARTrefu programme

Author: Age Cymru

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

cARTrefu Virtual Exhibition

Virtual Exhibition

cARTrefu Virtual Exhibition showcasing the artwork of participants from a number of care homes

Author: Age Cymru


A Spoken Word Performance by Duke Al Durham

Unlocked - a spoken word performance by Duke Al Durham as part of the Arts Council of Wales funded project, Cardiff Royal Infirmary: People, Place, Future.

Author: Duke Al Durham

Lockdown Connections

This project focused on providing a platform for participants to encounter physical and mental wellbeing and find connection both with each other and with their bodies during Covid-19 lockdown.

Author: Sandra Harnisch-

Belonging - an intergenerational dance and health project

Belonging’ was an intergenerational dance and health project exploring the experiences of the Covid-19 lockdown. The project culminated in an outdoor performance for Cartref Care Home residents.

Author: Sandra Harnisch-Lacey

Free online Zumba Dance classes

Free 20 minute Zumba dance sessions online on a Facebook page called Virtual Village Hall. https://www.facebook.com/VirtualVillageHall All free!

Author: Helen McGreary

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)

HARP research included in Public Health Wales research and evaluation conference

Art in the time of Covid: how did creative innovation support people’s health and wellbeing during the pandemic in Wales?

The HARP programme's researcher Dr Sofia Vougioukalou was invited to share interim outcomes from the HARP programme. .

Author: Sofia Vougioukalou

Move In Nature

Nature Moves with Fiona Winter

2.5 minute video documenting the Move In Nature, Nature Moves with Fiona Winter funded by Caerphilly Arts Development.

Author: Caerphilly Arts Development

ABUHB Iceberg Arts Report

Year 1 Report

The aims of the Arts Programme have been to work across the Iceberg Transformation and find ways that creativity and the arts can be woven into and support this work.

Author: Eleanor Davis

Baring Foundation Creatively Minded and the NHS

Baring Foundation report Creatively Minded and the NHS highlighting health boards and trusts offering participation work including Swansea Bay UHB and Cardiff & Vale UHB

Author: David Cutler

WAHWN Response to Senedd Call Out

WAHWN Response

Responses are invited from the Culture, Communications, Welsh Language, Sport and International Relations: Priorities for the Sixth Senedd Call Out.

Author: Welsh Parliament

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

Self Care Guardian Article

how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market

Audre Lorde proposed a series of calming activities as a way to survive adversity. Now it’s just another form of ‘me time’

Author: Andre Spicer

Social Value

Social Value Hub

Presentation from Ned Hartfiel, Bangor University Social Value Hub

Author: Ned Hartfiel


Artist Gaia Redgrave

Kindness A g39 Artist Resource // Adnoddau Artist g39 by Gaia Redgrave. A film about welcoming people with autism and sensory processing difficulties, to the gallery setting.

Author: Gaia Redgrave

Arts Care Gofal Celf Photography Project

Short film showcasing Arts Care/Gofal Celf Photography Project on Zoom during lockdown

Author: Arts Cafe Gofal Celf

With Joy My Soul Sings

Forget Me Not Chorus

Performed by the wonderful FMNC, a global massed choir and international soprano Rebecca Evans CBE, this new work captures the essence of the Forget-me-not Chorus

Author: Forget Me Not Chorus

National Art Collection Supporting NHS staff wellbeing

National art collection supporting NHS staff wellbeing at the Staff Haven, Lakeside, Cardiff

Author: Stephanie Roberts

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

Span Arts Shared Worlds


13 minute film showcasing Span Arts' innovative response to the pandemic through a range of arts interventions addressing social isolation and well-being led by artists

Author: Span Arts

Template Campaign Letter Cymraeg

Welsh translation of the template letter we invite you to share with your local candidates in the run up to the Senedd elections, calling for an Arts and Mental Health Policy

Author: Prue Thimbleby

Baring Foundation Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse

Funding Q & A Blog Post

A comprehensive report from artist Gail Howard who attended the Baring Foundation's Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse report launch and funding Q & A

Author: Gail Howard

How creativity and culture are supporting people in institutions during covid-19

New Report

A new report, recommendations and collection of case studies of work reaching people resident in hospitals, care homes, hospices, prisons and other instutions during the pandemic

Author: Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Launch of National Centre for Creative Health

You Tube Video

500 people from across the UK and internationally attended the launch of the new National Centre for Creative Health on 9th March.

Author: Alex Coulter

Template Campaign Letter

Senedd Welsh Parliament Elections

WAHWN encourages you to use and adapt the template to write to your candidates in the upcoming (May 2021) elections urging them to adopt an Arts Policy for mental health

Author: Prue Thimbleby

Bridging the Divide Webinar

Webinar Recording

A WAHWN webinar led by Jane Willis setting out the health context in Wales and sharing examples of how the arts are addressing health priorities.

Author: WAHWN

HARP Innovation and Scaling Resources

Innovation resources compiled by the Nesta, Y Lab HARP team.

Author: Rosie Dow

Health Inequalities Welsh NHS Confederation

Briefing Paper

Briefing paper on how the arts can help address health inequalities.

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

Question of Quality Resources

Reading List and Links

A useful list of reading and resources in relation to the question of quality in arts health and wellbeing

Author: Jane Willis

Voluntary Code of Practice for Arts in Health Practitioners

A professional Code of Practice template for arts health and wellbeing practitioners informed by feedback from workshop practitioners at WAHWN Question of Quality training 2020.

Author: Jane Willis

Arts for Health and Wellbeing Quality Framework


Quality Framework Template for arts, health and wellbeing projects informed by workshop delegates at WAHWN Question of Quality workshops led by Jane Willis, Willis Newson in February 2021.

Author: Jane Willis

Quality Considerations for Online and Remote Working

Delivering arts and health on line

A useful list of considerations for preparing and delivering online and remote arts and health projects informed by artist practitioners attending WAHWN Question of Quality workshops.

Author: Jane Willis

Arts Council of Wales Arts and Health Mapping Report

2018 ACW Arts and Health Mapping Report with key recommendations to promote the arts and health sector in Wales

Author: Arts Council of Wales

Early results of Covid on arts and health practitioners

Practitioner Feedback

In April and May 2020, 220 culture, health and wellbeing organisations and practitioners

Author: Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance

How the Arts Are Supporting the Welsh Health and Social Care Response to Covid 19

Welsh NHS Confederation Briefing highlighting how the arts are supporting health and social care in response to Covid-19

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

HARP Useful Links Arts and Covid 19

Resource Links

A useful list of resources in relation to Arts and Covid-19

Author: Rosie Dow

Mindful Photography for Troubled Times

This eBook will help you to develop mindful attitudes through photography. Mindful Photography Activities are included which encourage the development of nine mindful attitudes through photography.

Author: Lee Aspland

WAHWN Case Study Webinar Video

WAHWN Case Study Webinar

A 2 hour webinar introducing the new WAHWN case study template facilitated by Jane Willis, Willis Newson.

Author: WAHWN


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

Stories to the Door and Stories by Phone

A Creative Approach to Tackling Loneliness

PeopleSpeakUp ‘Stories to the Door’ and 'Stories by Phone'referral programme.

Author: People Speak Up

Here Now Yma Nawr

A short contemplative film to mark the soul's entry and exit from the earth plane through lunar cycles, turning inward, grief, loss, soothing, longing and belonging.

Awdur: Ruth Jones

Secret Country


Older people working with Re-Live devised a powerful performance based on their lived experiences of lockdown and Covid-19.

Author: Re-Live

Amethyst Project Small World Theatre

Pilot project with 9-18 year olds supporting mental health and well-being

Author: Deri Morgan


Case Study

Aneurin Bevan UHB I'm Thinking of You Case Study

Author: Eleanor Davis

cARTrefu Project Social Return On Investment

The SROI analysis, conducted by the Dementia Service Development Centre Wales at Bangor University, found that cARTrefu delivered a Social Return on Investment of £6.48 for every pound invested.

Author: DSDC Bangor University

HARP COVID-19 Sprint Challenge Final Report

Final Report of the Nesta Y Lab HARP Sprint Challenge programme 2020

Author: Rosie Dow, Programme Manager, Y Lab, Nesta

Story Gathering

During Lockdown, People Speak Up delivered an inter-generational storytelling project over zoom with pupils from Coed Cae Secondary school and Cillymaenwlyd care Home in Llanelli.

Author: PeopleSpeakUp

Portrait Masterclass

A 30 min introduction to portraiture. Commissioned by Arts Council of Wales during the lockdown of 2020 to be an online resource for all hosted initially by Hwb Education platform.

Author: Bill Taylor-Beales

How the arts in Wales are supporting mental health and well-being during Covid-19

WAHWN film highlighting how the arts have responded to Covid-19 and supported mental health and well-being of NHS staff and communities across Wales

Author: WAHWN, ACW


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

Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity Report

The latest bi-annual report from Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity including projects and interventions during Covid-19

Author: Cardiff & Vale UHB Arts and Health Charity

Press Release Welsh NHS Briefing Paper May 2020

Press release accompanying the Welsh NHS Confederation May briefing paper focusing on how the arts are supporting and health and social care thorugh the Covid-19 crisis.

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

Dance Delivery during Lockdown, Dance and Health for Families

An exploration of online dance delivery from NDCWales during the Lockdown.

NDCWales created a range of online activity during the Lockdown. Titled Kin Connected. Amongst this activity was project led by Angharad Harrop one of our Dance Ambassadors, targeted at families.

Author: Guy O'Donnell

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

Arts to Improve health and wellbeing in social care Welsh NHS Confederation Briefing Paper

Briefing paper prepared by the Welsh NHS Confederation in advance of the February 2020 Cross Party Group on Arts and Health.

Author: Welsh NHS Confederation

Social Prescribing and the Role of the Arts

Four video presentations from the WAHWN Social Prescribing and the Role of the Arts training workshop with Jane Willis of Willis Newson, includes the wider social prescribing context in UK and Wales

Author: Sharon Harries, Curious Ostrich

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

Project Induction Checklist

An essential checklist tool to support the quality and planning of arts and health projects with health partners and stakeholders and interventions developed by Willis Newson with WAHWN members

Author: Willis Newson

Vountary Code of Practice

Through consultation with WAHWN members, Willis Newson have drawn up a Voluntary Code of Practice for artists and freelancers to include on their websites, or when responding to opportunities

Author: Willis Newson

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

Beat Boxing Pensioners

1 in 4 older people in Wales say they are lonely. Live Music Now Wales found an offbeat way to tackle this problem. This short film by BBC Wales (Slate) highlights the outcomes.

Author: BBC Slate

Arts Should Be Available on Prescription

GP, Dr Daisy Fancourt argues that doctors should be able to prescribe arts to patients they think would benefit

Author: Dr Daisy Fancourt

cARTrefu Film

The cARTrefu film was created by Clare Sturges and produced by Age Cymru to promote the impact of creativity in care homes through the cARTrefu project. The film is available with Welsh subtitles.

Author: Clare Sturges

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

cARTrefu Adroddiad Gwerthuso 2015 - 2017: Creu artistiaid o breswylwyr

Rhaglen gyfranogi a mentora celf genedlaethol mewn cartrefi gofal

Author: Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M. & Woods

cARTrefu Evaluation Report 2015 - 2017: Creating Artists in Residents

A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme.

Author: Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M. & Woods

Dance to Health Swansea Bay Health Board

A falls prevention project

Dance to Health is run by Aesop (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) It combines evidence-based falls prevention principles with the creativity, expression and energy of dance.

Author: Prue Thimbleby


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

Dance and Health in Wales

A 4 minute film created by National Dance Company Wales, commissioned by WAHWN showcasing exemplary dance for health and dance for falls prevention programmes and interventions across Wales

Author: National Dance Company Wales


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

Why We Dance

Young people sharing why they dance.

Author: Avant Cymru

Breakin for Better Mental Health

Teacher uses own experiences to help students express

Article on Avant's teacher Jamie Berry

Author: BBC

BBC Wales - Dance for Parkinsons

Short BBC film footage about Dance for Parkinsons class in South Powys

Author: BBC Wales

When We Dance We Feel (Strictly Parkinsons )

Short film by Eleanor Brown

Author: Eleanor Brown

Cardiff and Vale UHB Art Team Report

Cardiff & Vale UHB Art Team's report of first six months of activity.

Author: Simone Joslyn

Birth Cafe

People Speak Up Pilot project, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli

In partnership with Dr Tracy Evans we created a five week pilot project that offered space for women to share their birth stories. Through speaking and listening to the body.

Author: Eleanor Shaw & Tracy Evans

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

A Pathway to Hope - Traumatic Brain Injury Unit Project

Testimonials from ABMU Health Board about the benefits and value of A Pathway to Hope capital project engagement.

Author: Heather Parnell

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

Doniau Cudd/Hidden Talents

Hidden Talents/Doniau Cudd is an accessible music project tackling loneliness through music for people with learning disabilities, organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in North Wales.

Awdur: Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias. Film produced by Amcan.Cymru

Traumatic Brain Injury Service Project

Engaging traumatic brain injury patients in a creative capital project at Morriston Hospital, Swansea with a focus on rehabilitative care.

Author: Heather Parnell

Concerts and Cakes

Live Music Now in the Community

Author: Heather Chandler

PeopleSpeakUp Story Care and Share video

A short film commissioned by WAHWN highlighting the benefits of storytelling gatherings for people affected by cancer and life limiting illnesses at The Ffwrnes Fach, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

Author: PeopleSpeakUp

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

'Reconstructing Ourselves' - An arts and research project improving patient experience

Swansea Bay University Health Board and Swansea University visual arts and storytelling project with women undergoing complex breast reconstruction.

Author: Prue Thimbleby, Swansea Bay UHB and Sarah Wright, Swansea University

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)

ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles

These are designed to help you think about how to make the good work you do even better, to show the value of this practice, and to make sure participants get the best experiences possible.

Author: ArtWorks Cymru

Creative Conversations

An arts inspired development programme for the dementia care workforce

The aim of this research was to develop skills of dementia care staff using the arts.

Author: Dr Katherine Algar-Skaife

The Arts in Dementia Care

Dementia and Imagination

The role of the arts in Dementia and Imagination research project. Presented at WAHWN conference Jan 24/2019

Author: Prof. Gill Windle & Dr Carys Jones

Literature In the Community

Dementia, depression, and the "reading cure"

PDF file to accompany a presentation by Helen Wilcox, (Professor of English Literature at Bangor University) at WAHWN conference Jan 2019.

Author: Prof. Helen Wilcox

cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme. Evaluation report 2015-2017.

The cARTrefu project is delivered by Age Cymru, funded by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council of Wales. This evaluation by DSDC Wales, Bangor University was launched in the Senedd in October 2017.

Author: Katherine Algar-Skaife

Exploring digital fiction as a tool for teenage body image bibliotherapy

Research article describing results of pilot study on digital fiction use for bibliotherapy and expressive writing in teenagers in Wales.

Author: Astrid Ensslin

Dementia a Dychymyg

Crynodeb Ymchwil 1: Archwilio sylfeini theoretaidd rhaglenni celf weledol i bobl sy'n byw gyda dementia.

Awdur: Dr. Gill Windle

Dementia and Imagination Research Summary 1

Research Summary 1: Exploring the theoretical foundations of visual art programmes for people living with dementia.

Author: Dr. Gill Windle

Dementia and Imagination: Research Summary 2

Research Summary 2: the impact of a visual arts programme on quality of life, communication and well-being of people living with dementia.

Author: Dr. Gill Windle

Egwyddorion Ansawdd Artworks Cymru

Beth mae "ansawdd" yn ei olygu pan fyddwch yn creu gwaith gyda phobl? Sut fyddwn ni’n gwybod pan fyddwn yn gweld / teimlo / clywed ansawdd? Beth sydd angen i ni ei wneud i sicrhau ansawdd?

Awdur: Rhian Hutchings

Dementia and Imagination: a mixed-methods protocol for arts and science research

Dementia and Imagination is a multidisciplinary research collaboration bringing together arts & science to address current evidence limitations around the benefits of art activities in dementia care.

Author: Dr. Gill Windle

Reconstructing Ourselves-An arts and research project improving patient experience

Reconstructing Ourselves' was an eighteen-month arts project that brought together a visual artist, a storyteller and a qualitative researcher.

Author: Prue Thimbleby

Pecyn Cymorth Artistiaid mewn Ysbytai

Mae'r canllaw hwn wedi'i gynhyrchu gan dîm bach o unigolion sydd wedi rhannu eu dealltwriaeth o'r materion hyn o wahanol swyddi o fewn maes Celfyddydau ac Iechyd.

Awdur: Prue Thimbleby

Artist's Handbook: A Guide for Artists Working in the Hospital Environment

This guide has been produced by a small team of individuals who have shared their understanding of these issues from different positions within the field of Arts and Health.

Author: Prue Thimbleby

Artist and Partner Toolkit - Towards Creative Partnerships

This Toolkit was developed from conversations between Addo and Dr. Susan Liggett (Glyndwr University) around issues of developing quality artist projects.

Author: Addo and Dr. Susan Liggett

Dance to Health

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

Author: Aesop