Congratulations to the Creative Minds Programme

Congratulations to the Creative Minds Programme, which has won the Compassionate Care category at the HSJ awards.The Creative Minds programme, at the South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust, co-funds arts, sports, recreation and leisure projects to help recover. It has helped thousands of local people increase confidence, develop social skills and reach their potential.

Set up in response to calls for a more creative approach to supporting health and wellbeing, Creative Minds springs from a belief that creativity should be at the heart of services that support recover.Participations helps tackle social exclusion and promotes self-acceptance by allowing people to discover talents and skills that combat feelings of negativity surrounding their mental health.

So far, Creative Minds has delivered more than 180 creative projects in partnership with more than 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.

Creative Minds has reconfigured the future of the trust’s services, redefining what it means to have effective, inexpensive, non-pharmalogical, locally configured mental health services. Judges said the project took user-led services to a different level, hailing “the empowerment of sevice users that demonstrates personal and economic benefits for individuals, families and whole communities”.

Dr Richard Coaten, chair of Creative Minds, will be speaking at the CDAN 2015 conference.