mental health and wellbeing through creativity
Open Arts is a charitable community arts and mental health project managed by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.
All our funding is external, Open Arts is NOT FUNDED by the NHS but operates completely on external funding, donations and fundraising by participants, volunteers and local businesses. If you can help support Open Arts or would like information on how you can, please contact us.
You can donate online via CAF www.cafonline.org search for Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Charities or 1053793. Please make sure you type For Open Arts in the message box.
We help people improve and maintain their own mental health and wellbeing, through creative learning, social inclusion and self expression. We provide opportunities to learn and practice all kinds of artistic techniques, in a safe environment and within friendly, supportive and creative groups.
All our participants are people aged 16 or older, who have either experienced mental health problems or are carers.
Our courses are led by professional artists and include taster sessions in visual arts, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, creative writing and crafts. We also offer drama, percussion and film courses that help develop new skills and confidence. But most importantly, we offer a positive and productive environment that has been part of many people’s recovery.
As a result of Open Arts participation, substantial benefits have been reported, including improved mental health, increased social activity, greater confidence and self esteem, reduced use of mental health services and increased take up of wider community based opportunities.
An independent study by South Essex Service User Research Group (SE-SURG) at Anglia Ruskin University found:
• 90% of participants felt more positive, and said it improved their wellbeing
• 80% felt that their relationships with other people had improved as a result of the studio placement
• People felt less socially isolated, and reported improved self identity, confidence and choice
• Carers benefit from respite, peer support and improved self esteem, thereby maintaining their wellbeing and increasing their own capacity to care.
As we are self-funding, any contribution towards our valuable and worthwhile project is gratefully received and will enable us to continue our work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
07 Jun 2020
Appeal Contact Details
19 High Street, Hadleigh, Essex. SS7 2PA