New Online Platform to showcase high quality arts programmes providing health and wellbeing outcomes

Aesop is excited to be launching a new online platform later this summer. Primarily focused on adults and in particular older adults, it will enable users to quickly and easily find a wide variety of high quality programmes that demonstrate the physical, expressive, sociable and celebratory powers of the arts to deliver positive health and wellbeing outcomes. We are currently seeking organisations who would like to join us in this project and showcase their work in this way.

Aesop is leading this project, with financial support from the National Lottery Community Fund, and with our current partners: The Reader , Live Music Now and Sing to Beat . We want to ensure that the new platform is as comprehensive as possible, and therefore would like to hear from any arts or health organisations currently delivering an arts and health programme.

Who is it for?

The aim of the platform is to enable more adults, and in particular older adults, to find and engage with high quality arts programmes providing health and wellbeing outcomes. It will be accessible to all but designed with the needs of social prescribers and other health professionals in mind. Currently, there are 1800 Social Prescribing Link workers, rising to 3000 over the coming years. It is likely that they will play a key role in driving potential users to the site.

How will it work?

All arts and health organisations or practitioners, offering programmes with a health or wellbeing outcome and based in England or Wales will be able to submit a listing on the website free of charge.

The site will be searchable by region, art form, medical condition and also by quality of evidence-based outcomes.

The ability to demonstrate independent, quantitative evidence of the health outcomes achieved through your programme will be very important. This will be a key aspect of the site and will enable users of the site to assess outcomes and efficacy as part of their search. However, we realise that not all organisations will have had the opportunity or capacity to collect such evidence in the past, and therefore this won’t be an absolute requirement for initial listing on the site. A commitment to an evidence-based approach combined with an aspiration to achieve this in the future will be important and Aesop will provide opportunities to members for training and development to help achieve these ambitions.

Examples of ways in which we can help range from the arts for health and wellbeing evaluation framework commissioned from us by Public Health England, endorsed by Arts Council England and readily available to all; to the University Certificate in Arts and Health Practice that we currently run in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

How do I get involved?

To submit yourself or your organisation for listing on the website you will need to complete our online Expression of Interest form.

Need more information?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact:

Programme Manager: sharonsanderson@ae-sop.org