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Enabling: Inclusive Arts Practice for Public Health and Well Being

Events Northern Ltd ran this event on behalf of Bolton Council Arts Development Service.  The event took place on 11th October 2011 at Bolton Museum and Library. 

The event discussed promoting inclusive arts practice for public health and wellbeing to inform future decision-making and development in this growing area of work.

In the current changing economic climate, with a move to the big society, localism bill, shared services, personalisation and opening up of services for commissioning opportunities, there is a need to equip organisations in the third sector, arts and creative industries with the knowledge needed to ensure they are able to keep up and exploit new opportunities to their fullest.   The day covered inclusive arts practice, how to be tender ready and win contracts in health and social care and how to navigate the emerging health commissioning process.

The event was of particular interest to those working within:

  • arts and creative industries
  • health and wellbeing sector
  • third sector and social enterprises
Please see below for an overview of the programme.  You can also download PowerPoint slides from those speakers and workshop sessions that used them.  If presentation links are not available the speaker did not utilise PowerPoint - several of the workshops were interactive.

Overview of the Programme

Clive Parkinson introduced why the arts are so important to health and wellbeing.  To view Clives presentation please click here

Ruth Gould focused on current legislation and the inclusive agenda, especially on the Public Duty Act, Safeguarding, and examples of best practice.  To view the presentation slides please click here.

Sarah Lever told the story of Bolton CVS, offering examples of their projects delivering health messages to hard to reach groups and particularly focusing on their arts and health projects.  To view the presentation please click here

Keith Morris presented about the way health and social care is moving and the opportunities and challenges that this brings to the arts sector.  Keith drew on recent work with health and social care commissioners who are looking to commission different approaches to supporting people with long term conditions, and on the views of different approaches wanted by patients themselves.  Keith is co-author of a guide to winning public sector contracts on behalf of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).  To view the presentation please click here

Neil Walbran presented on arts commissioning for health and well being, specifically from voluntary and community sector point of view, going into the new open commissioning era.  He discussed how the Greater Manchester Health & Wellbeing Consortium provides a way for voluntary sector organisations to enter the contracts market by building positive partnerships through informing and supporting commissioning.  GMCVO strives to embed voluntary sector service provision into the Greater Manchester health agenda and ensure the commissioning process is informed from a voluntary sector perspective. To view the presentation slides please click here

The workshop sessions were as follows:

How to Plan Inclusion:  Feedback from ‘In Touch’
Phil Samphire, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People(GMCDP)

This session explored the work on the ‘In Touch’ project in Manchester around audience development in cultural venues. GMCDP worked with a number of organisations to look at ways to improve access and to encourage disabled people to visit arts venues. This work focused on making theatres, museums and other venues more welcoming to disabled people. GMCDP worked with partners including Manchester Museum. Cornerhouse, the Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Exchange on everything from communications through to actual attendance at the venue.  This session explored the findings, issues and learning to help anyone plan for inclusion within their own area of work.

Putting Tenders on a Sound Financial Footing
Penny Blundell and Keith Morris, Advisers at Alder

This workshop focused on putting tenders and contracts on a sound financial footing, tuned to a non-specialist's perspective to help in future tender applications. Penny Blundell is a financial trainer specialising in the public sector and for many years has been an adviser with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA), helping finance professionals and service managers adapt to changing government policies and contracting regimes. 

To download the slides please click here.

Arts Meet Mental Health: Developing Age Appropriate Provision for Young People
Matt Hassall, Creative Well-being Project Co-ordinator, The Phoenix, Bolton and Ginny Allende-Cullen, Occupational Therapist, Early Intervention Team

This workshop was a practical exploration of how to create services for young people who have experienced mental health problems, using the arts as a tool to develop skills, confidence and encourage self-expression. They shared strategies used by The Phoenix to engage young people and discussed how to marry the needs of both medical and artistic practice.

Lois Blackburn, Lead Artist and Co-Director, arthur+martha CIC

This hands on workshop encouraged attendees to explore their own creativity and give practical ideas to pass on, exploring some of the ideas and techniques developed by experimental arts organisation arthur+martha.

arthur+martha work  with  people whose voices might not be heard – homeless people, school pupils in danger of exclusion, holocaust survivors and others. They specialize in working with older people in healthcare settings or in the community. For more information please visit

Arts and Health in the Social Housing Sector
Shonagh Ingram and Graham Marsden, Housing Percent for Art, Bolton at Home

Bolton at Home’s Percent for Art Service has been working with social housing residents since 1997, using the arts to deliver key regeneration objectives including addressing health inequalities in areas of deprivation. This workshop used case studies to draw out good practise, to share strategies for success, and to highlight potential challenges.  If you would like a copy of the DVD shown in this session please email

The Purple Patch approach – a guide to adapting arts practice
Purple Patch Arts

The mission of Purple Patch Arts is to inspire creative adventure.  Purple Patch regularly work with adults and young people with learning disabilities or learning difficulties through the mediums of dance, drama, music, visual arts and literature.  For more information please see 

This workshop was a practical and inspiring session looking at ideas for making arts inclusive and adapting arts practice.  The session opened with some PowerPoint slides.  Please click here to view.

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