Major new creative health programme announced for Medway

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Creative Medway is pleased to be part of a consortium of local creative, health and public sector organisations awarded £406,000.00 from Arts Council England’s Place Partnership Fund.

The two-year partnership-driven project will transform how the creative and health sectors work together and with communities to make creativity central to wellbeing and preventative health interventions in Medway. 

The programme will bring together local and national partners including Creative Medway, Medway and Swale Health and Care Partnership, University of Kent, The National Centre for Creative Health and Medway Council’s Culture & Libraries, Public Housing and Public Health teams alongside local and national arts organisations including Icon Theatre, Ideas Test, Nucleus Arts and Live Music Now. The partners will develop and deliver new creative health interventions that address key health and wellbeing challenges in Medway.  

“We are proud to be supporting this much needed programme for Medway. We know that taking part in creative and cultural activity contributes to making people’s lives happier and healthier. We are delighted to be working with local, regional and national creative, cultural and health sector partners on this ambitious project to address health and wellbeing challenges in Medway and make creativity central to improving the lives of local people and communities.”

Carol Stewart, Creative Medway Chair
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The programme will also include a series of skills development sessions and masterclasses for creative sector practitioners and organisations.  Those looking to develop their skills further can apply to be part of an intensive practice development cohort who will receive training, mentoring and funding to pilot a creative health project in Medway.

As part of the programme, Creative Medway and Medway and Swale Health and Care Partnership will also work with the creative and health sectors to develop a joint strategic vision for arts and health in Medway connecting Creative Medway Cultural Strategy and Medway’s new Joint Strategic Needs Assessment due to be published soon.

“The National Centre for Creative Health is delighted to be part of this project to support more Creative Health in Medway.  As stated in the Creative Health Review, ‘Creative Health is fundamental to a healthy and prosperous society and its benefits should be available and accessible to all’. We look forward to supporting this work.” 

Esther Watts, South East Creative Health Associate for the National Centre for Creative Health

To stay up to date about the programme and be the first to see opportunities to take part from this summer onwards, sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media. 

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