HSJ Compassionate Care Award

The Health Service Journal Compassionate Care Award for 2014 has been awarded to Yorkshire based arts service Creative Minds.

Creative Minds is a framework of community organisations working with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust to provide activities for service users. Judges praised “the empowerment of service users that demonstrates personal and economic benefits for individuals, families and whole communities”.

Arts, sports, recreation and leisure activities are just some of the types of projects that Creative Minds has co-funded. Participation helps tackle social exclusion and promotes self-acceptance by allowing people to discover talents and skills that combat the feelings of negativity surrounding their mental health. So far, Creative Minds has delivered more than 180 creative projects in partnership with in excess of 60 community organisations and groups, benefitting more than 3,000 participants.

The strategy has worked especially well with people who have traditionally been difficult to engage.

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