Art Works for Health & Wellbeing

Celebrating the power of art and design to transform lives through inspirational stories, compelling case studies and hands on creative workshops.

Thursday 15 June 2017 11:00 16:00

The Artworks, Shaw Lane, Halifax

An event for health professionals, service users and creative practitioners. Presented by The Artworks in collaboration with NHS SWYFPT Creative Minds and The Nightingale Project.

A FREE event with lunch and refreshments provided hosted in The Artworks Gallery which will be showing The Bulging Portfolio of Quentin Blake. Artworks thanks Great Art for supporting them with materials and resources for all Quentin Blake workshops.

Quentin Blake – The Hospital Drawings – The Nightingale Project from MB Films on Vimeo.

Creative Minds – Walking Netball

Want to get fitter? Have fun? Meet new people?

Why not try walking netball?

Every Thursday 6pm – 7pm at Salem church Richmond St, Halifax HX1 5SX

Contact or 07342 078614 for more details.

Creative Minds help people reach their potential and live well in their communities by providing high quality care in the right place at the right time. It is all about the use of creative approaches and activities in healthcare; increasing self-esteem, providing a sense of purpose, developing social skills, helping community integration and improving quality of life.


Get into Indoor Cricket!

get-into-indoor-cricket-halifax-academy-poster-nov-2016Professional coaching FOR ADULTS 18+

starting Wednesday 16 November 2016.

6pm – 7pm

At the Sports Hall @ Halifax Academy, Gibbet Street, Halifax HX2 0BA

No experience or equipment needed!

First 6 sessions FREE. Then £3 per session.

Contact Mark Wibsey on 07833 437451 or email 

Network and Learn with FREE Gardening Sessions

If you’re interested in allotment growing and would like to join a group where you can learn to plan your plot and more about growing your own fruit and veg then why not go along and get involved in the following practical sessions.

Wednesday 23 March – 1pm to 4pm
First meeting and Seed Swap (Take your spare seeds to swap)

Wednesday 20 April – 1pm to 4pm
Plot planning and Seed Sowing

Both sessions will be held at The Outback, Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, HX1 5NB – For information call 07929 291249

What is Creative Minds? – VAC Training

Training session aimed at organisations who want to find out a little more about the Creative Minds initiative.

Thursday 29 October – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Session objectives are:

  • To gain a broad understanding of the Creative Minds initiative
  • To understand, through looking at a number of examples, the types of projects Creative Minds has been involved in over the last three years
  • To find out about possible avenues and opportunities to get involved with Creative Minds whether that be as an organisation or an individual
  • Find out what support and the processes involved in applying for funding
  • To find out more about SWYPFT services in the Calderdale area

This is an introduction to South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust’s award-winning Creative Minds initiative. SWYPFT provide funding opportunities to groups and organisations in the third sector to deliver creative approaches to delivering our health services.

Click here to book a place today.

MP to visit Art for Wellbeing project

Halifax MP Holly Lynch will visit a project that helps people tackle health-related problems through art.

Ms Lynch (Labour) will tour the project at the Industrial Textiles Mill at Shaw Lodge, Halifax, on Thursday 30 July with Artworks directors and Trust staff who run it as part of the Trust’s Creative Minds strategy to promote health and wellbeing.

Art for Wellbeing is a partnership between the town’s Artworks School of Art and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) that takes a creative approach to combating issues including isolation and lack of self-esteem.

Since its launch in November 2011 Creative Minds has delivered more than 200 creative projects in partnership with over 70 community organisations, benefiting more than 6,000 people allowing them to get involved in activities from archery to walking groups, developing skills from creative writing to woodwork.

Phil Walters, lead for the Creative Minds initiative at the Trust said:

“Creative Minds has provided a way to not only build on existing creative activities within the Trust’s services, but also to work with a wide range of community organisations, enhancing and extending our service offer by delivering innovative, transformative and meaningful health and wellbeing enhancing creative activities.”

Ms Lynch will also visit the Trust’s inpatient mental health unit at The Dales, Calderdale Royal Hospital on the same day.

She said:

“I very much look forward to visiting the Dales Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and the Art for Wellbeing project. Many local people rely upon these services and my number one priority is to support health care in Calderdale.

“The partnership between Artworks and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a fantastic example of how organisations can work together to really improve the lives of people in my constituency.”

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and community services to local people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

To find out more about the Trust visit or for further information contact Paul Green on 01924 327547 or email