Art and Social Change was an Erasmus Plus funded project that developed new training methods using the arts to prevent burnout for healthcare professionals working with people in recovery from substance use.

The 7 partners were from Germany, Italy, Lithuania and the UK, and all partners worked to identify and strengthen links across the wider community with expertise related to addiction, including health and social workers, people in recovery, academics and trainers, and artists who work with people in addiction.

The UK based partners were Arts & Health South West and Manchester-based Portraits of Recovery. Catherine West served as the UK project researcher on behalf of both organisations.

Governance and Volunteers

Significant Seams has worked with Sustainable Crediton in a number of capacities. #PatchworkCrediton has been a creative engagement project to reinvigorate a textile group following the pandemic. Behind the scenes we have also been helping with information management, volunteer policies and procedures, and preparing a charity commission registration application.

Project Development and Fundraising

The Mid Devon Creative Health Forum project, supported by Devon Mental Health Alliance and the Mid Devon Primary Care Network has led to project development and fundraising plans for the Make & Mend Library, a rural library of things network, with three other organisations.

Engagement and Evaluation

Work with Arts & Health SW generated a stakeholder map of the Eastern Locality Care Partnership area to help inform the SW Creative Health Associate in the National Centre for Creative Health’s project. This pilot is embedding a Creative Health Associate in an Integrated Care Board in each region nationally.