The Art of the Possible: A celebration of creativity in wellbeing and recovery

People in and around Wakefield are being invited to ‘Creative Minds meets SpectrumPeople: The Art of the Possible’ event, a celebration of creative arts and meaningful activity projects in the District that support wellbeing and recovery. The event, organised by Spectrum Community Health and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYFT), and part of a series of ‘Creative Minds Live’ events, will take place at The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG on Wednesday 7th November between 1pm and 7pm.

The afternoon will showcase projects and initiatives that have been developed throughout 2012. National and local speakers will highlight the importance of using creative and meaningful activities to aid recovery and wellbeing for vulnerable people who have a range of complex healthcare needs. Service users, who have been through recovery, will be sharing their experiences.

Creative workshops will also be running by local organisations Altogether Better, Hoot, Faceless and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The day will be concluded with music, dance and poetry performances.

Creative Minds is a strategy developed by SWYFT in November 2011 to recognise its commitment to having a creative approach to service delivery and to promote more opportunities for individuals and groups to develop creatively. SpectrumPeople, the community involvement and volunteering arm of Spectrum Community Health, has run a number of projects that have aided recovery and resulted in significant improvements in wellbeing for its service users.

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum Community Health said:

“We have a real focus on delivering healthcare that fits with local communities. Through Spectrum People projects, we can provide a level of support and care that takes vulnerable people on a journey to recovery. The work that our volunteers deliver is vital and I encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering with us, to get in touch and be part of an exciting and innovative programme.”

Steven Michael, the Trust’s chief executive said:

“The Creative Minds Live events are an opportunity to showcase the different projects which have been running in our local communities to involve people in creative activity. Creative approaches have been proven to achieve high quality outcomes for people who use health services by boosting self esteem and confidence, creating the opportunity for people to engage with those around them, and helping to break down barriers between staff and service users.”

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