West Midlands

Making services more accessible to people with learning disability

Mencap is delivering a programme of one-day training courses about learning disability awareness. 

Using real life stories and experiences the interactive workshops will help develop skills and build confidence in identifying people with a learning disability and adapting support to meet their needs.

Responding to change, Newcastle under Lyme – 21 May

A round table discussion that will examine the changing landscape in which arts and health practitioners find themselves and explore possible responses. Do we need to re-examine our practice and revisit the rationale behind established ways of working?

Arts and Leisure Officer, The National Deaf Children’s Society, Birmingham – deadline 13 April

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

The Me2 project helps mainstream leisure activity providers at all levels to be deaf friendly to ensure deaf children and young people can genuinely take part.

What is Arts and Health? Stafford – 21 March

Defining creative practice for the health and social care market.

Whether you are just starting out or have been working in participatory arts for some time, this event aims to help you to describe and define your work in terms that address the outcomes of health and social care partners.

Thinking about Exhibitions in a Health Context, West Bromwich – 23 March

A workshop for Arts for Health practitioners exploring the possibilities, ethics and debates about showing art work at the new gallery at Hallam Resource Centre (Hallam Street Hospital) The workshop includes a presentation by Angela Tombs, Head of Learning and Outreach at Wolverhampton Art Gallery about co-curating exhibitions with community groups and breaking down barriers between communities and the establishment within galleries.

Select Edit: Public Private, Walsall – 29 February

A sharing day on the theme of Arts and Health asking: How do artists work with authentic material and lived experience and transform them into artwork for the public arena? The event will include a unique performance of Mad Gyms and Kitchens by artist Bobby Baker. The event also features presentations by Mark Storor, Sean Burn and is chaired by Kate Broom.

Presented by Windows with a Difference, a new Black Country Mental Health network.

Older Adults Creative Arts Group Facilitator, Volunteer Opportunity, West Bromwich

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Older Adult service at Edward St Hospital, West Bromwich offers the opportunity for a volunteer to work with its Occupational Therapy team to facilitate a creative Arts Group for older adults with poor mental health and/or dementia. The applicant will need to have good communication skills, have an understanding of, or willingness to gain knowledge of mental health and dementia and a good level of creative arts skills suitable for this patient group.

Artists Professional Development Programme: Developing Arts for Health

Places are still available.

Developing Arts for Health provides continuing professional development for experienced artists, arts development workers and health workers in the area of arts for health. The course aims to provide people with the knowledge, arts/health-specific skills and confidence appropriate for practitioners who wish to develop arts work in a health setting. The course is designed for artists, arts development workers and health workers with some practical experience of participatory arts work.

Exhbition opportunity, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

As part of the programme of arts activity at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, changing gallery spaces are available to provide artists with temporary exhibition opportunities.

Approximately 400,000 patients come through the hospital’s doors alone every year, to that number can be added visitors, staff, and other professionals. The exhbition spaces function to enhance the environment for those who are using the building, to add colour and intrigue to wall spaces that would otherwise be bare and to give the opportunity for audiences to view and purchase unique pieces of artwork.

Programme Officer Cohesion, Sound It Out Community Music, West Midlands – deadline 8 February

The Programme Officer Cohesion will work with the Sound It Out team as well as a broad number of external agencies and stakeholders to develop Sound It Out’s programme of
work in the cultural cohesion and refugee arts sectors (refugee arts in this case encompasses refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants), and will coordinate delivery of activity. You will also be responsible for attracting funding to the strand and for administering this.

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