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Creative Practitioner Training: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Creative Practitioner Training: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Hampshire Cultural Trust have received funding from the North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group, through their Innovation Conference Fund, to run a 5 week training and mentoring programme for creative practitioners who want to work with people who are experiencing mental health issues.

The aim of this project is to up-skill creative practitioners so they are able to deliver more programmes taking a preventative approach to mental health and wellbeing, reducing the pressure on local health and support services. 

The programme will involve pairing the practitioners with local organisations in the Rushmoor and Hart area who work directly with these specific service users.  Through this partnership both the practitioner and the organisation will be able to mentor each other through the process, share best practice and develop their own learning of how cultural participation can contribute to mental health and wellbeing.

The organisations involved in the project are:

  • Rushmoor and Hart Mental Health and Substance Misuse Team
  • North East Hampshire and Farnham’s Recovery College
  • Creative Response
  • North Lane Lodge

Alongside these placements, creative practitioners will work alongside an experienced artist facilitators, Little Art Haven, to ensure they are supported throughout the programme.  This will involve facilitator led learning sessions and peer to peer support among the practitioners themselves.  These sessions will take place at the West End Centre in Aldershot.

The training will take place between October and December 2017.

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