Bridging the Divide – WAHWN webinar

Where do the arts fit within Wales’ Health and Social Care System? 

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Where do the arts fit within Wales’ Health and Social Care System? WebinarThursday 25 March10am – 12pm

Cost for attending the webinar is free.

Webinar overview

This webinar will present an overview of how the NHS operates in Wales. Demystifying some of the terminology and language around the NHS, it will explore key policies and priorities for the NHS currently.

It will locate arts, health, and well-being practice in relation to these policies, exploring how the arts are currently meeting these priorities and highlighting opportunities for the arts to develop and expand their remit in response to post-Covid 19 health and well-being needs.

Hosted by Willis Newson Director, Jane Willis, the webinar will include contributions from invited guests.

The Trainer

This programme will be led by Willis Newson Director Jane Willis. A pioneer of the arts and health field, Jane founded Vital Arts, the arts programme for Bart’s Health NHS Trust, in 1994. Since then, as Director of arts, health and well-being consultancy Willis Newson, she has worked with health and arts partners across the UK – Including more than 32 NHS Trusts and Health Boards, Arts Council Wales, National Museum Wales, Arts Council England, The Kings Fund and The Royal Society of Public Health – to produce award-winning arts, health and wellbeing programmes.

She is particularly interested in developing creative solutions to strategic health needs and in supporting skills development within the sector. Working with Professor Norma Daykin at the University of Tampere, Finland, she has contributed to improved evaluation practice within the sector through research programmes, training and resources including www.creativeandcredible.co.uk .

Organiser

Engage Cymru is the leading membership organisation for gallery education in Wales and has over 70 members, including gallery and museum educators, teachers, local authority officers and artists.

Engage Cymru promotes gallery education through advocacy, regular area group meetings, networking and professional development training events, and through its research projects.

Engage Cymru coordinates WAHWN, the Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network, with funding from the Arts Council of Wales. WAHWN launched in 2019 and has since expanded to include almost 300 arts and health professional members. 90 members have participated in Creative & Credible arts and health evaluation training over the past year, aimed at supporting colleagues to deliver robust and credible evidence of their work.

Any Wales-based colleagues delivering arts, health and well-being focused work can sign up for free, upload their profile, view and post opportunities, blogs and a wide range of resources in the Knowledge Bank section. Join the Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network at https://wahwn.cymru/