Evidence

Why we should engage our communities in cultural activities

Outcomes of participant engagement with us 


  • The arts are proven to support people in feeling better; helping with stress, pain and depression.

  • Making art and other handcrafts can help distract from problems in life, encouraging a 
calm focus.

  • Step-by-step activities give time for clear thinking and reduce anxiety.

  • Completing projects is rewarding; being active encourages positive thoughts and improves mood.

  • Arts activities enable expressive ways to connect to others.

  • Working together reduces isolation; regular meetings give a structure to life. 
  • Arts participation provides ways to use, develop and maintain life skills without pressure; this raises self-esteem and confidence.

  • Motivating participants to try something new develops independence in daily life. 


Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health; research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 

(Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: Holt-Lunstad, 2015)

Being positive and open, willing to try out new things, and engaged with what’s going on around us turns out to be incredibly important in sustaining our wellbeing as we get older.

(Age UK Wellbeing Index 2017)

“Creativity and innovation are key ingredients in outstanding care homes”.

Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care 2016

The only time I could significantly reduce the pain was either when I took a large amount of painkillers or when I could concentrate on knitting.’

(Stitchlink Study: Royal United  Hospital Bath, 2009)

Much of our community work is based round the 5 ways to wellbeing

  1. connect
  2. be active
  3. take notice
  4. keep learning
  5. give

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