Arts Council England will be collaborating with key stakeholders like local authorities, the cultural sector and organisations representing community interests to identify the change they would like to see through culture.
They’ll then work with the people and organisations in those places to increase investment and realise that change.
Slough CVS is running the Thriving Communities Project, funded by the Arts Council via The National Academy for Social Prescribing. The aim is help connect clients with depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, and loneliness, to focus their energy on a positive activity such as arts & crafts, enabling them to focus their energy on creative and positive activities.
The project is already making a difference. One of the participants commented:
“Like many other carers, I find it difficult to find time for myself which has had an adverse effect on my physical and mental health. The art classes are excellent, I have attended three sessions so far and I have thoroughly enjoyed them. I can put my worries aside and be creative in a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. The lovely gentle music playing in the background really lifts my mood.”