South West Community Engagement Network: An invitation

The South West Community Engagement Network aims to bring together people in the region working within the arts and cultural sector, voluntary sector, and community engagement organisations / projects to meet, share best practice, and create new partnerships.

The network offers free or inexpensive support through e-newsletter sign ups and runs regular networking meetings focusing on key areas of community engagement. The first of these is on the 25th September at Spike Island. This meeting will focus on sharing practice around working with young people. Come along to meet other people working in the region, to share ideas and build connections.

Find out more about the network and this event by contacting Emily Bull, Regional Engagement Manager for Audiences London Plus. If you’d like to come along to the event, please email emily@audienceslondon.org. Spaces are limited, so do RSVP by 11th September.

Mental Health Awareness: Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 19th September 2012 – 09:15-16:30

This course aims  to give participants from a variety of settings and backgrounds the opportunity to gain a basic awareness of mental health which they can draw upon in their day-to-day work. Emphasis is placed on the social aspects of mental health including the stigma of mental illhealth and the factors that can promote recovery and wellbeing.

£75.00 per person

For further information and to book visit

http://www.bristolmind.org.uk or call 0117 980 0370

Creative Seed Funding from Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed fund offers grant funding of up to £3000 to support creative projects in Bristol. The fund is open to Bristol based community groups, organisations, companies, artists, individuals and local charities who are organising creative projects that enrich Bristol’s cultural calendar and benefit communities and artists across the city.

Application deadline is 4pm on Friday 14th September.

Please visit  http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/arts-and-culture to download an application pack or email tana.holmes@bristol.gov.uk

Arts on Referral included in the new Adult Mental Health Service in Bristol

The recommissioning of adult mental health services in Bristol has resulted in the inclusion of Arts on Referral as a ‘Level 2’ treatment option.

NHS Bristol’s arts on referral scheme, Artshine, was assessed as being appropriate as a Level 2 intervention, which means arts on referral can be available to patients as part of mainstream mental health services in the city.

In order to deliver a treatment intervention, providers must go through a procurement process with NHS Bristol, and bid to become an Any Qualified Provider ‘AQP’.  Social interventions, such as arts for wellbeing projects, remain outside of the AQP process.

The new Level 1 IAPT provider (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) will launch in October this year.

For more information on how these changes impact on arts & health projects in the city, contact Louisa Newman: louisa.newman@bristol.nhs.uk

Supervision for Artists Working in Healthcare Settings

NHS Bristol and Bristol City Council offer subsidised group supervision for Bristol based artists working in healthcare settings. Groups are facilitated by an experienced clinical supervisor and provide a safe, supportive space for you to regularly explore your arts and health practice.

Supervision is a term used to describe a formal process of professional support and learning which enables practitioners to develop knowledge and competence, assume responsibility for their own practice and enhance consumer care (DOH 1993)

We have spaces in supervision groups running from October 2012. If you are interested in joining a group please contact Tana Holmes at Bristol City Council tana.holmes@bristol.gov.uk