Newsflash: Free training opportunity for Croydon artists and art organisations

A new 4-module course is being offered to Croydon based artists and art organisations to help them build an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and ‘social prescribing’.

Social prescribing essentially enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their health and wellbeing.

The course is free (thanks to support from the Arts Council England) and is being run by Performing Medicine.

In the first three 2-hour online modules, the programme will provide participants with a better understanding of the social prescribing referral processes within Croydon, exploring some of the practical challenges of providing arts and cultural offers within a social prescribing context. The modules will focus on the self-care and wellbeing of artists providing this work, as well as honing verbal and non-verbal communication skills to ensure that offers can be articulated clearly to social prescribers, healthcare professionals and participants. Current offers and case studies from the arts and health sector will be examined, providing a sense of how individual participants’ own offer or intervention might fit into the picture.

The fourth and final module will be delivered as a networking day at Stanley Arts. In this event healthcare professionals, social prescribers, artists and arts organisations will come together to explore opportunities to build a cross-sector professional community, and co-create social prescribing offers that meet the needs of local communities.

The content of this course has been informed by a pilot held in Southwark and Merton in Feb 2021.

So if you’re a local artist or arts organisation and interested in exploring how you could become part of the social prescribing network by providing your services to help others, sign up to this free course via this EVENTBRITE LINK.

Online sessions:
Tues 8th Mar 2022, 14:00-16:00 Module 1: Arts, Health & Social Prescribing
Tues 15th Mar 2022, 14:00-16:00 Module 2: Practicing Well
Tues 22nd Mar 2022, 14:00-16:00 Module 3: Articulating Your Offer

Thurs 31st Mar 2022, 10:00-16:00 Module 4: Making Connections
This is an in-person Networking Day at Stanley Arts (12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB)

The course is free to attend but places are limited. The modules build on each other as a full programme, so ideally participants should commit to all four.

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