National Academy for Social Prescribing launches Art by Post: Poems for Our Planet
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National Academy for Social Prescribing and Southbank Centre come together for the second Art by Post initiative.

Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, the first Art by Post project reached almost 4,500 people aged 18-103 across the UK, providing free creative activities to people at risk of social isolation, loneliness and digital exclusion. 

More than 600 poems, drawings, paintings and mixed media works were posted back in response.  A selection of the art was taken on  tour to galleries around the country and the collection is available to see online

The scheme received positive feedback from participants, 90% agreed Art by Post had given them something to look forward to, 86% felt inspired to be more creative, 75% agreed that it had improved their wellbeing, while 73% said it had helped them to feel more positive.

Following the success of the project, National Academy for Social Prescribing and Southbank Centre have launched the next phase: Art by Post: Poems for Our Planet.  Combining the benefits of creativity and connection with nature, this is a free series of activities, aiming to connect with people needing support with their wellbeing, especially those feeling lonely or isolated, or with long-term health conditions.

Activity booklets are sent out by post, and participants are guided through the activities, using poetry, creativity and nature to inspire and support wellbeing.  The aim is to bring the benefits of nature to those who might not generally be able to access it.

If you would like to take part, or you know someone who might benefit from the project, there are several ways to sign up. Participants can refer themselves, be referred by a friend, family member or Social Prescribing Link Worker, or organisations can sign up to receive the booklets in bulk.

There are also free monthly creative workshops for referrers, to find out more about the project and to support their own wellbeing through creativity. 

For more information visit National Academy for Social Prescribing.

 

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