In April 2018 Red Zebra’s Social Prescribing Team initiated a weekly “Creative Wellbeing” drop in at Whitstable’s local art centre, The Horsebridge. This was aimed at people who might be feeling lonely, perhaps after a recent bereavement or moving to a new area and those living with physical and mental health conditions. Every week the Horsebridge’s Nicola Priest, delivered a creative activity and members of our social prescribing team participated too and were able to give help and advice to the participants if needed. The combination of art & craft, chatting and friendship resulted in an increased sense of wellbeing, confidence and social inclusion for all participants
Some of the participants commented;
”Everyone was very welcoming, it was a very friendly atmosphere. The art workshops provided a much needed relaxing but stimulating activity. I don’t go out much.”
“This art group has given me the opportunity to meet people which I have a problem with due to lack of confidence. I feel better.”
“I feel comfortable and accepted in the group. I can only contribute to the conversations when I feel ok. I’m using my brain again.”
“This group has led me to get involved with other things too.”
As a result of the success of the pilot we were able to continue funding more workshops and artist Jennifer Hedley is delivering creative activities every Thursday from 2 – 3.30 pm at the Horsebridge until Thursday November 29th 2018. There’s no need to book but if you’d like more information call Monica Boulton on 01227 262313. The first session is free, £1 including tea or coffee thereafter.
“I am thoroughly enjoying running the Creativity for Wellbeing workshops with Red Zebra Social Prescribing. We have had lots of interest with different people attending each week. Feedback has been positive. It’s an opportunity for folks to be creative and have a good chat about their troubles. Also the routine of the class being provided at a set time each week provides stability and a safe environment. People attending feel less lonely and it helps improve their confidence by creating an arty piece to take home and feel proud of.”