Supporting healthcare professionals through challenging times

Social Prescribing of Arts & Culture Development Programme (Artists & Art Organisations)

08.03.22 - 31.03.22

Free training opportunity for independent artists and arts organisations in Croydon

Supported by Arts Council England, this modular course supports artists and arts organisations to build an understanding of how arts and culture can play a key role in healthcare and social prescribing.

In the first three 2-hour online modules, the programme will provide you with a better understanding of social prescribing referral processes within Croydon, exploring some of the practical challenges of providing arts and cultural offers within a social prescribing context.
We will focus on the self-care and wellbeing of artists providing this work, as well as honing verbal and non-verbal communication skills to ensure that offers can be articulated clearly to social prescribers, healthcare professionals and participants. We will examine current offers and case studies from the arts and health sector, providing a sense of how your own offer or intervention might fit into this picture.

The fourth and final module will be delivered as a networking day at Stanley Arts. In this event healthcare professionals, social prescribers, artists and arts organisations will come together to explore opportunities to build a cross-sector professional community, and co-create social prescribing offers that meet the needs of local communities.

The content of this course has been informed by a pilot held in Southwark and Merton in Feb 2021.


Online sessions:
Tuesday 8th March 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 1: Arts, Health & Social Prescribing

Tuesday 15th March 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 2: Practicing Well

Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Module 3: Articulating Your Offer

In-person Networking Day:
Thursday 31st March 2022, 10:00 – 16:00pm
Stanley Arts,12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB
Module 4: Making Connections


This course is free to attend but there are limited places. The modules build on each other as a full programme, and ideally participants should commit to all four.

This course is part of a wider development programme providing support and training for link workers, social prescribers, GPs and arts organisations about the potential of arts and culture in social prescribing.


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