We understand that creativity helps people to live well. It allows us to contribute, make connections and look after our culture

We enable communities to share quality arts activities which we recognise and protect as human rights

We offer an innovative wrap around service of direct and distance support to improve the health and wellbeing of your community

Welcome

We are a not for profit company developed by an experienced team of health arts professionals.

What We Do

We provide an innovative wrap around service of direct and distant support to improve participants’ wellbeing. We offer a mix of direct sessions, a library of physical resource boxes, online training and online support for activity providers

Consultancy

We are an experienced creative consultancy for the care, housing, education and voluntary sectors.

Arts Projects

We specialise in providing mobile arts services for people living in the care, social housing sectors and local communities.

Training

We inspire activity providers to design and sustain creative activities in their care setting.

Resources

We deliver arts and making boxes, which include plans, instructions with adaptations, tools and materials.

What People Say

I am a volunteer at a local day centre. I have seen this young lady at work for some time now. She is talented, passionate about her work and very kind and thoughtful. It’s a pleasure to watch her coax the ladies and gentlemen to their full potential. She is full of praise for all of them. I also love the way she guides them when they sometimes get a little shy or unsure about what they’re doing.

Volunteer

Coastline Housing

Ruth has been coming to us for several years; she is patient and creative, coming up with new ideas every week. The sessions are worked through at a speed and in a way that is accessible and suitable for everyone, adapting where necessary. Ruth is thoughtful, considerate and she communicates fantastically, encouraging and supporting when needed; we all – staff and residents look forward to the sessions. We have brilliant, colourful artwork decorating the home, the artwork is engaging, interesting and creative…the guys love it! It is a pleasure having Ruth come to us.

Manager

The Nak Centre

Ruth runs a fortnightly Arts and Crafts session at my place of work in Falmouth. Ruth always provides the service users with interesting projects and provides all materials used to make them. Ruth engages with each service user and encourages them to work to their ability, she patiently shows them how to complete each stage of the project. Ruth praises them which encourages them to work well. The service users really enjoy the sessions and look forward to Ruth coming. I think the sessions are very beneficial to all who attend.

Care professional

Cornwall Care

Ruth Purdy has been running Creative Arts sessions twice a month for the Residents of Tregolls Manor for seven years. Her contribution towards person centred planning and developing confidence and comradeship has been of great value. The understanding she has of people with physical, sensory disabilities, communication difficulties and mental health issues has made a difference to many individuals. The benefit of her service has been encouragement to explore different art forms, textures, structures and compositions. By developing good relationships with people and providing opportunities to improve well-being and to enrich their lives, and it is fun! Our Company has very much appreciated the written feedback on each persons participation of the session and for the photographs taken and posted to us. These are used on our blog as part of our Home’s website profile. Another aspect which is much appreciated is the accompaniment her wonderful rescue dog ‘Oakley’, who is loved by everyone!

Manager

Tregolls Manor Care

Our latest news

Mitber/Smartline Project Review

Make it Better (mitber) CIC was set up in 2017 to support communities to live well through the arts. We worked with Smartline to develop an 8-week creative and collaborative project with a group of people made up from the local community. ‘Smartline is a...

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Community Smartphone Photography Project

We have just begun an 8 week community smartphone photography project at Heartlands. The theme of our project is the 5 ways to well being, learning, giving, being active, observing and connecting. It is part of the Smartline research project which explores how we can...

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Case Studies

Case Study A

A lives in an extra care housing scheme but had been staying in his room not mixing with others or in the local community. Our aim was to get him out of his room to engage with meaningful activities and people.

Case Study B

B lives in extra care housing and has been involved with the project from the beginning. B retired to Cornwall twenty years ago. Our aim is to keep B active, mentally and physically and to keep her engaged socially.