Connecting creativity, health and wellbeing
We specialise in working with the people and communities of Tyneside - connecting creativity, health and wellbeing.
For over 20 years we have developed inspiring museum programmes that recognise the positive health impacts of cultural participation.
We believe in strategic partnerships and work with health and care professionals, local authorities, universities, charities and support services. Our programmes have been devised based on robust research identifying areas of need in our region.
We care about the health and economic inequalities in the North East and by fusing creativity with health and wellbeing we aim to create a healthier, happier and more equal society.
Our programmes are mission-driven:
To help people determine their place in the world and define their identities, so enhancing their self-respect and their respect for others.
And rooted in the five ways to wellbeing:
- Being connected
- Being active
- Taking notice
- Giving to others
- Learning new things.
We listen, reflect, and respond to what people want and need within our programmes.
We work with partners to run projects, host special events, offer social prescribing opportunities, provide training, create resources to be used across sectors and much more. We do this in our venues, in the community, in clinical settings and online.
The Wellbeing Programme - for promoting positive mental health recovery and general wellbeing.
The Platinum Programme - for over-55s.
The Recovery Programme - for people in addiction recovery and/or people working with the Criminal Justice System.
The Network Programme - for community development in targeted locations.
The Multaka Programme - for refugees and asylum seekers providing development and training to increase their employability, and broaden their experiences of living in North East England.
Since 2018/19 we have engaged with over 15,000 people and over 1000 community, health workers and support staff through our programmes. We have collaborated with over 200 different community partners and organisations; locally, nationally and internationally to design creative programmes, resources, workshops, events and exhibitions that bring people together, support communities and improve their health and wellbeing.
- 89% of the 6000 people we worked with reported greater social engagement beyond sessions.
- 83% of people we have worked with showed increased confidence.
- 98% of people who participated within our programmes reported sharing their thoughts, experiences and knowledge with others.
Upcoming community events
A welcoming environment for anyone who needs more time to visit museums and galleries. Various dates at 2pm.
- Tue 5 Dec 2023 - Shipley Art Gallery
A free, drop-in coffee morning at the museum. First Tuesday of the month at 10.30am.
- Tue 5 Dec 2023 - Discovery Museum
- Tue 6 Feb 2024 - Laing Art Gallery
- Tue 5 Mar 2024 - Shipley Art Gallery
A great opportunity to meet new people, socialise and improve your wellbeing. Last Friday of the month at 10.30am.
- Fri 24 Nov 2023 - Laing Art Gallery