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23 May 2022

Where you live shouldn’t determine the services you have access to

Aaliya Seyal
Aaliya Seyal, CEO of Scottish legal charity, the Legal Services Agency, introduces us to LSA's work and shares how she got into the profession.
Strengthening Civil Society
4 May 2022

Stepping forward by stepping back? What have we learnt from five years of LBQT grantmaking?

Poonam Joshi
Poonam Joshi, Chair of our International Development Committee, reflects on our 2021 evaluation of our programme to support LTBQ communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
International Development
11 April 2022

Connecting Clywedog: creativity, heritage, nature & wellbeing in Mid Wales

Pam Gordon
Connecting Clwedog/Cysylltu Clywedog by Radiate Arts is a community-developed sculpture space which aims to get people outdoors and creative in the beautiful setting of Llyn Clywedog in mid Wales.
10 March 2022

Our funding to specialist arts and mental health organisations in 2020 – what did we learn?

David Cutler
Our first grants in our Arts and Mental Health programme were small, unrestricted and for specialists in arts and mental health. David Cutler reflects on feedback from our first grant partners.
1 March 2022

The people with lived experience are taking over the safer space (the lunatics are taking over the asylum): Leadership by experience

the vacuum cleaner
Artist and mental health activist, the vacuum cleaner, reflects on leadership of lived experience and why it matters.
21 February 2022

Open Arts: an NHS charity supporting mental health across Essex

Jo Keay, Open Arts
Part of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Open Arts is a community based charity supporting mental health with a focus on creativity, inclusion and self-expression.
25 January 2022

Slippers to Stilettos: creativity, heritage and mental health in Norfolk

Melanie Tilford & Holly Sandiford
ArtAtWork's Slippers to Stilettos project brought local history and heritage together with a big dose of arts and creativity to support women's mental health.
8 December 2021

Arts, creativity and trauma

Harriet Lowe
Many of the organisations we know work creatively with people with post-traumatic stress, with mental health problems and trauma often deeply entwined. This blog explores arts and creativity particularly with veterans but more widely too.
29 November 2021

Arts and culture in every care setting: what staff, residents and relatives told us

Alison Teader, NAPA Arts in Care Homes
What would it require for all care homes to offer their residents access to relevant creative and cultural opportunities on a daily basis? And what do care home staff, residents and family members think?
9 November 2021

Creatively Minded and Practising Well

David Cutler
Over the last 18 months, we have been looking at the issue of artists' mental health and what we can do to support the artists we fund through our work. David Cutler sets out where we have got to.