Nina joined the CNWL Arts in Health in 2019 as a volunteer and now supports as co-lead. As a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Nina facilitates movement and body awareness to the Arts in Health Friday Studios. With a background in the performing arts - as a choreographer, dance artist and dance facilitator, Nina is an advocate for creativity and embodied self-expression as a tool for mental health and wellbeing.
Levar Polson has managed CNWL Arts in Health since 2014, having volunteered for the service, as an honorary from 2012. Being distinct from an Arts Therapist, Levar’s focus is on using his background in Social Psychology, to advance and elevate the psycho-social progression of CNWL Arts in Health service users to cultivate a community, by way of culture & collaboration.
In his time co-leading CNWL Arts in Health, some of Levar’s highlights include; overseeing three inpatient projects at Northwick Park’s Mental Health Unit (2014-2019), collaboration with The Wellcome Library, establishing a community space for The Friday Studios, in collaboration with Brent Museum and Archives and co-creating and leading The Friday Studios Online, during the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020/21. Levar is looking forward to re-establishing the Arts in Health Film Club and realising the Arts in Health Hub.
Andrea has been an admin support worker with CNWL Arts in Health for over six years. Her role includes helping to organise and facilitate Gallery Visits, and undertaking general administrative duties. She has built up relationships with the service users and speaks to many of them weekly; to inform them of what activities are available each week during the Friday Studios which she helps to co-facilitate.
Laiqa Miriam is a Creative and Cultural Consultant, an Intersectional Feminist Activist, and is training in Integrative Psychotherapy. She channels these passions in her work at the Trust by; building sustainable community relationships with cultural organisations, and curating our digital presence and external comms. She also leads on developing virtual events and resources like the “Creativity & Resilience Workshop” to bring the art world online for participants.
Laiqa is deeply passionate about incorporating social and restorative justice principles into Psychotherapy, which goes hand in hand with CNWL Arts in Health’s mission to advocate for accessible and intercultural mental health support.