We're supporting Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Creativity and Wellbeing Week returns for its third year in Barnsley, highlighting the positive impact creativity and culture have on health and wellbeing.

From Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May, we’ll be supporting the national campaign coordinated by London Arts in Health and the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. Across the week, we’ll be sharing activities that everyone can get involved in to learn new skills, boost their mood, and develop meaningful connections.

We’ll be holding a Creative Health Celebration event on Wednesday 22 May 10.30am to 2pm in the Studio Theatre at Barnsley Civic. This will offer a chance to meet creative health providers, commissioners, health and social care providers, creative practitioners, and artists. These providers will be showcasing their work and providing opportunities to learn more about creative health in Barnsley.

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, Barnsley Libraries will be holding a Jazz concert on Friday 24 May. Residents are encouraged to visit our libraries and museums across the week to see their book displays, and exhibitions as well as getting involved in their activities.

Barnsley Museums will be offering a range of creative activities linked to the history and culture of the borough. People will be able to take a closer look at objects from Experience Barnsley’s Chamber of Treasures, which includes precious objects that tells the story of the town-. Barnsley Museums will be showcasing their creative health offer including loan boxes that are used to connect with the socially isolated and stimulate conversations. There will be the opportunity to hear from the towns ESOL group ‘Feels Like Home’ as well as finding out about the history of Eldon Street through craft activities which has recently been regenerated through the High Street Heritage Action Zone, supported by Historic England.

Creative Recovery will be holding a series of events across the week at the in our markets.

Anna Hartley, Executive Director for Public Health and Communities said: "We're pleased to once again support Creativity and Wellbeing Week in Barnsley.

"Creativity has the remarkable ability to uplift spirits, foster resilience, and improve health and wellbeing.

“Last year's event was a success, and we're excited to build upon that this year.

“We believe that everyone in our borough should have access to these enriching experiences."

Matt O’Neill, Executive Director for Growth and Sustainability said: Being creative is great for your wellbeing; it helps build relationships, reduce stress, and is also good fun!

“Whether it’s in the community, in a park, our libraries, markets, or museums, our borough has lots of spaces for everyone to feel empowered to get creative.

“I’d encourage everyone to join in the week to discover the benefits of creativity on their wellbeing.”

Find out more information about Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Find out more about activities in our libraries and museums.

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