Gloucestershire is one of two areas chosen nationally to explore how arts and culture can be developed to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing outcomes.

In Gloucestershire, organisations are looking at how professionals in the arts and culture sector and the NHS could work together, and at ways art and culture could be sustainably commissioned so that they can play an integral part in supporting good health and well-being in local communities.

The project is initially focussing on three localities: Gloucester City, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean. It is supported by Gloucestershire VCS Alliance, and led by a partnership of the following organisations:

  • NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • CREATE Gloucestershire (the specialist umbrella arts & culture organisation for Gloucestershire)
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council

As part of the pilot, the CCG has opened a small scale-grant programme to run from October 2015 to November 2016. It is now inviting applications from arts and culture organisations from the VCSE sector to deliver a range of health and wellbeing related projects. These can range from awareness raising through to co-delivering arts and culture activities with health practitioners for people with specific health conditions. This is an exciting opportunity to explore how arts and culture can have positive health and well-being benefits for people living with a range of health conditions.

The grant programme is designed to be flexible and is open to innovative proposals. The programme is underpinned by principles of co-production and collaboration, with the aim of creating an opportunity where the arts and culture and health sectors can come together to shape project design, implementation and evaluation. To find out more visit the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance website or contact:  The deadline for applications is 20 September 2015.