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Case Studies from the Sector: Art Branches

Art Branches aims to improve health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, through the provision of supported creative projects that link people to their environment. They work with adults and children recovering from severe and moderate mental health issues and support vulnerable people with their wellbeing.

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Art Branches has witnessed a dramatic improvement in people’s mental health.

They’ve been running a creative social prescription project, Myths of Moyse’s, in partnership with Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds. Adults recovering from mental health issues across Suffolk are prescribed to the project. Fully booked, these workshops are now in their third run. Participants are posted a selection of materials before the workshops, and each week a different material is used.

Working with people online who you’ve never met poses challenges, and Creative Director of Art Branches, Stephanie, encourages participation with creative exercises designed to warm people up.

The workshops are clearly having an impact. Participant Ros says that ‘the expertise and interest provides stimulation to an otherwise boring week. We are encouraged to work in-between workshops and it has been great sharing poetry and drawings. It’s not over-exaggerating to say that Art Branches has transformed my life.’

For one adult who never speaks on the phone due to anxiety, it has been remarkable to see engagement and interaction in the group. They are now in charge of the support group they set up following the end of their workshops.

To refer to Art Branches prescriptions in Haverhill, Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds, please email [email protected].