People's Health Trust look at the role that arts can play in supporting health and wellbeing

As the arts sector continues to face major funding cuts, it becomes even more important to evidence the powerful contribution the arts can have on people’s lives.

This article shows examples their arts projects around the country and the positive impacts on the health and well-being of their participants.  

'There is a need for more rigorous evaluation to demonstrate the positive impacts arts-based projects can have. If this is not delivered, the important role they can play in addressing many health and wellbeing challenges, as well as in saving the care sector money, risks being overlooked.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing released a report earlier this year, which the Trust submitted evidence to. It highlights the significant role arts-based strategies can play in addressing some of the most challenging health and social care issues in society: “The act of creation, and our appreciation of it, provides an individual experience that can have positive effects on our physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

Crucially, it explores how the arts has a role to play in saving the health and social care sector money, at a time when diminishing budgets are demanding innovative solutions to address the problems. As our care system battles against the challenges of an ageing population in which long-term conditions are prevalent, the arts has a significant role to play in preventing illness from developing in the first place and worsening over time.'

Read the full article and find out about their projects here: http://bit.ly/2BDCVOn