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Live Well Make Art Informal Exchange, Bolton

Funded through *Live Well Make Art and GM Great Places the Informal Exchange project is one of four GM projects bringing together arts and health professionals to discuss development opportunities in the Arts, Health and Wellbeing sector. In Bolton this work contributes to Bolton Vision 2030 Neighbourhood Model (health and wellbeing) and Active and Confident (participation in arts, culture, sport etc… and volunteering) supported by Bolton Cultural Leadership Group.

The Informal Exchange initial project in Bolton comprised a consultation with health professionals and an Informal Exchange Event at Bolton Museum in November 2019 with the theme-

How can the Arts and Health Sectors work together to achieve better outcomes for Bolton?

The project delivery group includes Bolton at Home, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Bolton Libraries and Museum Service and Bolton CCG.

The consultation focused on health priorities, potential for partnership working with arts and cultural organisations and links to social prescribing whilst raising awareness of the wide variety of arts and health activity already happening in Bolton. The consultation showed that there is a great interest in developing relationships to both enhance health services for patients from GP practices to community and voluntary sector health organisations and also for staff working in health services to improve their own health and wellbeing.  Bolton Public Health team have also expressed interest in including arts and health data and developments in the role out of their Start Well, Live Well, Age Well campaigns and also in the new Prevention Concordat currently being developed for better population mental health.

The Informal Exchange event, was hosted by Clare Devaney, Research Associate with the Manchester Institute for Arts Health and Social Change at MMU. The afternoon was based around 5 Ways to Wellbeing experiential activities Connect, Learn, Give, Move and Take Notice with conversations around the themes of young people and mental health, including early years, social isolation/loneliness, activism and challenging stigma and workplace health. 

Provocations resulted in rich conversation and some key themes including;  Better connectivity between people working in arts and health sectors across Bolton, with  more ‘routes in’ between the two sectors, more effective referrals from health to arts, and easier ways for arts practitioners to find the right health expertise (especially when working with vulnerable people and complex needs);  A ‘Shared language’ for arts and health and the importance of consistency in measuring, flexibility from commissioners (rather than one-size fits all) and developing a shared understanding of the ‘value’ in practice-led (rather than outcomes-led evaluation;  Better capacity and resourcing for social prescribing;  Acknowledgement of the benefits of artistic and cultural expression to mental wellbeing (and the importance of mental health for artists and practitioners)

“We need to make mental health more accessible and less scary”.

A key recommendation from the Informal Exchange is to set up a local network with regular networking meetings for arts/culture, health and voluntary sector organisations across Bolton, underpinned by a forum/ ‘shout out’ board for better referrals and signposting. Working through the network to generate a shared understanding of wants and needs, developing collaborative approaches to commissioning, funding and evaluation and to develop capacity, understanding and shared approaches, especially in the priority areas of Social Prescribing and Mental Health.

“Health is such a massive sector. My assumption is that health people are always really busy doing important things. I am never sure of who the right people are or how to get in touch with them.”

The current Covid-19 circumstances have meant that planned next steps sessions addressing key issues have been paused.  However the project group are still on board and looking at ways to make this happen currently by providing a platform for information on the website www.thenervecentre.org.uk   

If you would like your arts and health activity or news to be featured please contact Lory Povah, arts and health consultant working with the project group.

loryp@hotmail.co.uk

*Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activist, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. We have been working together for two years as a social movement. We want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and we want to make our streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live. LWMA has received funding from GMCA, through its Great Places initiative, for a programme of work which is now nearing an end. LWMA has supported Bolton partners to deliver the Informal Exchange event.

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.

 

Community Arts

Trust Music Volunteering Opportunities

Trust Music is a charitable arts organisation, providing a unique combination of musical, pastoral and financial support to a wide range of young musicians.  Its artistic activities promote the value of high quality music making at the heart of the local community.

Volunteer Roles

Shop Volunteer

Are you a good communicator?  Why not join us in our studio as a shop volunteer. With your skills and our training, you’ll help promote our charity, encourage people to join our music sessions, book tickets for our concerts and enthuse customers with all the wonderful books and music in our shop – and keep the till ringing.

Book Display Volunteers

Are you an avid reader who knows Austen from Atwood and Dahl from Dickens? We’re looking for enthusiastic book – lovers to help maximise sales by sorting and displaying our books and sheet music in the best possible way.  Although our products may have been donated, we want to create a high quality book shop feel that will attract customers who may not have otherwise visited.

Session Volunteer

Are you someone who loves music and would like to help?  Do you play the piano and would like to accompany our group?  Is so, we need volunteers for our two new sessions, ‘Music Box Babies’ (mums and toddlers) and ‘Magic Moments’ (people with dementia and their carers).  The volunteer will enjoy working with our qualified tutor and have satisfaction that their input will make a real contribution to the session’s success.

Event or Bank Volunteer

Would you like to volunteer on an occasional basis?  Then our Event or Bank Volunteer scheme would be ideal for you.  Doing holiday relief for our regular studio volunteers or helping us fundraise at one of our concerts or events is a great way to support the charity.

What this role can offer volunteers:

All necessary training and support

Valuable retail experience in a responsible role

Learn about the exciting work that Trust Music offers

Reasonable ‘out of pocket’ expenses (as per volunteer agreement)

Know that you are making a difference

To Apply

Email ask@trustmusic.org.uk  or visit our studio, Upper Mall, Market Place, Bolton

 

Community & Voluntary

Voluntary Arts ‘Big Conversation’ – Have your Say

This is the final fortnight to take part in our large-scale sector survey to understand and evidence the needs and ambitions of the participatory arts sector.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part so far. If you have not yet done so, we would be grateful if you could spare 6 minutes to share your thoughts.

Access the survey to take part in our Big Conversation and be in with a chance of winning a Google Home mini smart speaker!

Good luck!!

Funding

Rosa Launches ‘Now’s the Time’ Large Grant Programme

Now’s the Time programme will award up to £1 million through a Challenge Fund which asks: “What would you do toward ending sexual harassment?”

Large grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for over one to three years are being made available to women’s organisations applying in partnership with at least one other organisation. Partnerships across sectors is encouraged, supporting specialist organisations to reach out to colleagues in businesses, unions, local councils, schools and colleges and other contexts, and work with them to drive long-term culture change.

The outcomes being working towards through the Now’s the Time programme include:

  • Increased opportunities to understand what works in changing the culture around sexual harassment and abuse.
  • Increased opportunities to share learning between specialist organisations and colleagues in a wide range of other organisations and identify approaches that can be scaled up or replicated.

The Fund is looking for ideas, solutions, the best next steps to support the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

The funding is to be used for mainly revenue costs or for new work or an extension or continuation, of existing work.

Before applying, organisations are ‘strongly advised’ to participate in one of two webinars: Monday 15 October (10.30am – 11.30am) and Wednesday 14 November (2pm – 3pm).

The closing date for large grant applications is 14 December 2018 (5pm)

For more information:

Now’s the Time

Source:  Grantfinder