Who are we?
Since 2010, CNWL Arts in Health has successfully developed, led, and delivered numerous projects and programmes that integrate the creative arts into mental healthcare for the therapeutic benefit of participants. We are a team of clinicians and artists offering a variety of artistic spaces and cultural opportunities to inspire creativity and promote wellness for staff, participants, and the community.
Co-production is at the heart of what we do. This means participants and staff working together to develop and shape our service, rather than staff making decisions alone. This is one of the reasons we provide a ‘community table’ so that we can regularly connect and build ideas together.
In addition to this, we also have annual 1:1 reviews with participants to reflect on their personal development. We love to share the work that participants create and regularly invite them to contribute to our fortnightly inbox inspirations, termly newsletter, and annual exhibition.
The aims of our service are:
To be an inclusive space
To improve access to the arts
To make a positive difference for adults with lived experiences of mental health difficulties
If you are interested in finding out more about joining our service or learning more about the referral process, please feel free to reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We work with adults who have been accessing mental health services at CNWL, whether arts or talking psychotherapy, who have ongoing needs and who would like to use creativity to support their wellbeing. This can be during or after discharge from CNWL mental health services.
We work with those living in Central London (Kensington, Chelsea, and Westminster) and North West London (Brent, Harrow, and Hillingdon).
If you are interested in participating in our service, please email us and we will register your interest. With your permission, we will then contact your CNWL care coordinator / lead professional so they can refer you.
If you are a CNWL professional, please email us, and we will direct you to the Arts in Health referral page on Trustnet, where you can find further details and a referral form.
Any questions? Please email the Arts in Health team on email@example.com
Who runs the Arts in Health sessions?
The Arts in Health team are a warm and welcoming mixture of therapists, mental health practitioners, and artists, supported by volunteers with an interest in mental health and the arts. More information about us can be found in the 'Our Team' section above.
Can I join remotely?
Yes, we run an online group called ‘Creative Exchange Online’ on Zoom, alongside our in-person activities.
Do I have to join every session?
There is no pressure to join every session, although we recommend joining regularly to gain the most benefit.
Do I need a background in art to join?
No experience in art is necessary, just an open mind and a willingness to take part is needed. We have lots of ideas and ways to help you to be creative, at a pace that works for you.
Do I have to share my artwork with others?
We love to see what you create, but there is no pressure to share your artwork with us or the group. We invite participants to include their artwork in our termly newsletters and annual exhibition.
Are you currently hiring staff or honoraries?
We have an ongoing, rolling application open for honoraries, who are voluntary team members based in Greater London that can commit up to one day a week to support the running of our service. Honoraries are typically trainee therapists or mental health practitioners looking to gain more experience working in the creative arts, mental health, or participatory engagement. You can apply here.
More information can be found out about our paid staff roles here.
How do I contact you if I have other questions?
Please email the Arts in Health team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations CNWL Arts in Health has previously collaborated with: