Local artists are working with the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury to develop cultural and art-based activities which may help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

This initiative is part of the CCG’s Cultural Commissioning Programme which is linking clinicians, patients, commissioners and patient representatives with artists and musicians to develop interventions that support people with dementia, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, mental health and lung conditions. The interventions can include music therapy, art, drama, comedy, animation, singing song and essay writing.

One project is exploring how arts-based early interventions can help young people with mental health issues whilst another is helping people who have had prostate or colorectal cancer get back into everyday work and life.

The hospital-based Specialist Weight Management Service is also working with the theatre to explore how arts and writing can help reduce psychological barriers such as shame and stigma in clinically obese people.

We will be working with the University of Gloucestershire to evaluate these projects later this year.