Social Prescribing: Artist facilitators

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Northern Heartlands

Northern Heartlands is looking for experienced participatory artists to run workshop sessions as part of its social prescribing strand of activity.

Northern Heartlands has previously received funding from National Academy for Social Prescribing and Arts Council England’s ‘Thriving Communities’ fund. This was the start of the organisation’s social prescribing work which it continues to deliver, most recently in Bishop Auckland with plans to extend to other areas such as Coundon and Evenwood.

Social Prescribing is part of the NHS’s Universal Personalised Care strategy and aims to connect people with practical and emotional support in their community that could help to improve their mental and physical health. GPs refer patients to a Social Prescribing Link Worker, who spends time with the person and tries to match them with support and activities for their needs and interests. Northern Heartland’s creative social prescribing sessions are open to anyone, so participants can and do self-refer as well.

Northern Heartlands is looking for creative practitioners who can:

  • Offer activities suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities and which can help increase wellbeing and improve mental health
  • Be responsive to the needs or particular requests of participants
  • Commit to a minimum of four weeks’ delivery (one session per week, per group) which could be self-contained sessions or sequential / cumulative

Whilst the aim is to increase well-being, these sessions are not intended to be art therapy. Sessions are light-hearted and participants are not necessarily required to join in with the activity – it’s important there is no pressure!

In particular, Northern Heartlands is looking for craft-based and making activities. There will also be a workshop ‘host’ present at every session who will be responsible for making participants feel welcome, helping them with the creative activity and supporting with necessary paperwork and form-filling as needed.

Successful applications will have the following qualifications:

  • At least three years’ experience in delivering participatory arts activity (in any artform)
  • Experience of working with adults over the age of 16
  • Ideally some experience of working with adults dealing with mental health issues.

The fee for delivery includes two hours delivery, plus set-up, get-out times and travel. No further expenses are payable.


Budget £120 per half-day + £20 materials

Deadline Ongoing opportunity

3 Witham Studios Hall Street Barnard Castle DL12 8JB

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Please e-mail a covering letter, together with a copy of your CV and up to 3 examples of your previous work, including the following:

  • Why you would like to be considered for the work
  • Your artistic practice and examples of previous workshops you have delivered
  • The title/s and a brief description of each workshop (session) or group of workshops (sessions) you would deliver
  • The names of two referees
  • Confirmation that you have Enhanced DBS certification

Please e-mail with any queries.

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