Arts & Health

Arts & Health, Children & Young People, Community & Voluntary, Community Arts

Octagon Online

A Selection of Fun, Creative and Educational activities you can enjoy at home


Our popular storytelling sessions have moved online. Visit our website for stories read allowed by a professional actor with an accompanying craft activity:

Get Creative Challenge

Get Creative Challenge – Join our participants in completing a weekly creative challenge, suitable for all ages. Info here:


ReAct – our project for over 50’s is connecting people across Bolton online. Find us on Facebook and at our ReAct Theatre Club, an online opportunity to watch and read theatre, then take part in fun, informal discussions about it. Plays will be announced every Wednesday, with discussions taking place the following Wednesday from 2-4pm over Zoom. Anyone connected to Bolton and over 50 is welcome to join.

Also see Octagon Theatre Bolton -wide creative writing Competition

Facebook – @OctagonBolton

Twitter –  @octagontheatre

Arts & Health, Children & Young People, Children & Young People, Community & Voluntary, Creative Industries, Health, Regional, Uncategorized

GM i-THRIVE Arts Culture& Mental Health: Ask us Anything

Ask us anything…

Here’s your chance to get answers to any questions you have about arts, culture and mental health. 

Submit a question

Maybe you’d like to know:

Could something like singing actually help my mental health?
Is there any evidence for the benefits?
What’s available in my area? 

We’ll be answering your questions throughout July during our dedicated Arts, Culture and Mental Health month. Keep your eye on your inbox, and follow us on twitter @GMiTHRIVE where we’ll be providing the answers and more.

Arts & Health, Community Arts, Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist Brief – Onward Homes community projects, Bolton (deadline: 20 Nov 2019)

Onward Homes owns and manages 35,000 homes in the north-west of England. We are based in three regions: Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester & Cheshire. We also offer help and support to vulnerable people facing a range of challenges, and create strong and vibrant communities that our customers can be proud to be a part of. We believe that developing meaningful relationships with our customers is critical to the long term success of Onward, and we value every opportunity to engage with and involve our customers.

Onward Homes would like to commission an artist to develop community based art in the outdoor communal areas of its Lena/Latham Street and St Matthew’s Grange sheltered housing complexes in the Crompton & Halliwell wards of Bolton.

The commission is funded through the Ambition for Ageing programme in Bolton and will be to deliver the project as detailed in the brief, which can be found here.

The closing date for applications is: 12.00 noon on Wednesday 20th November.


Arts & Health, Community Arts, Funding, Health, National

Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Grants Programme

A new fund invites applications from not-for-profit organisations for community-based, mental-health peer support activities that will benefit women experiencing multiple disadvantage in England and Wales.

With funding from the Government, the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support grants programme is administered by Mind, the mental health charity, in partnership with Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Work will be supported for a maximum of one year, and the funders expect to make between 80 and 90 awards ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 through the following two funding strands:

  • Women’s peer support hubs to support five women’s organisations in creating ‘hubs’, four in England and one in Wales, to improve the capacity of individuals and community-based organisations to lead effective peer-support activity delivered for and by women.
  • Peer support delivery initiatives based in the community, which will be facilitated by applying organisations and led by and for women with experience of multiple disadvantage.

Applications are invited from registered charities, Community Interest Companies (CIC), Charitable Incorporate Organisations (CIO), or companies limited by guarantee in England or Wales and with a track record of engaging with women who have experience of multiple disadvantage. Applicants for ‘hubs’ grants should be women’s organisations with specialist expertise of women with, or at risk of developing, mental-health problems and experiencing multiple disadvantage.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2018 (5pm)

Document type icon Mind’s Online Application Portal

Document type icon Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme


Source: Grantfinder

Arts & Health, Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist commission, Lets Go Global (deadline: 23 Feb 2015)

Lets Go Global is an arts and media organisation. We make art and we help great art happen in our communities. We use digital as a tool, sometimes in unusual ways! Our services include:

Project management / Community engagement / Creative services /Education / Workshops & training / Membership / Ideas & innovation/

Stockport Council, with Lets Go Global, are looking to commission an artist to produce a dynamic and thought provoking piece of public artwork around the impacts of smoking.

We want to work with someone who has creative ideas and innovative approaches.  You will produce something that captures the imagination and interest of residents.  The artist(s) will then work with local residents to enable them to articulate and explore the impacts of smoking, responding actively and creatively as a community.

We have a minimum budget of £8,000 – with the potential of additional funding for responsive, community-designed work after this commission.


This project is funded by: Arts Council England, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and Stockport Council Public Health – the desired outcomes include:

> Great Art for Everyone: quality arts experiences for people in the area, increasing their creative skills and awareness

> Resident led interventions and responses to a pieces of artwork

> Increased skills and aspirations for further personal and professional development

> Increased volunteering and community involvement opportunities for people.

> Reduce smoking and the use of public services

> Increase uptake on stopping smoking

Project Aims

We want to find a creative and impactful way to get residents thinking and talking about the negative impact of smoking.  We think a hard-hitting, creative (and perhaps interactive), intervention will provoke residents to talk and explore the impacts it can have on a person.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 23 February 2015.

For more information on the commission and how to apply please visit our website: 

Contact: Najia Bagi