Well-City Salisbury (W-CS) is a three-year partnership project supporting people with mental health needs on their wellbeing journey through creative courses and opportunities. The project is about connection – to the arts, to heritage, to our locality, to the landscape and to each other – and will create moments of learning, discovery and curiosity which will impact positively on participants’ mental health and the wider community.
W-CS brings together the combined experience and unique skills of four partner organisations across Salisbury: ArtCare at Salisbury Hospital, The Salisbury Museum, Wessex Archaeology and Wiltshire Creative and is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund. The project uses a referring model that will see us working with primary care providers, third sector organisations, and other referring partners to offer a menu of creative and cultural engagement opportunities delivered by local artists and creative practitioners.
Each partner organisation will deliver two 8-week courses per year, beginning in autumn 2021 and finishing in summer 2024. There will be a maximum of 12 participants on each course. In Years 2 and 3 of the project, we will also offer mentored volunteering pathways for participants who have taken part in a course and would like to continue engaging with W-CS. There will also be an annual project exhibition.