Well-City Salisbury is about connection – to the arts, to heritage, to our local area, to the landscape and to each other. This partnership project supports people with low to medium mental health needs in the Salisbury area on their wellbeing journey through creative courses and opportunities.
Taking part in a Well-City Salisbury course will enable moments of learning, discovery, curiosity and creativity, all of which are known to have beneficial effects on mental health. You don’t have to have any previous experience or even think of yourself as particularly arty or creative to participate!
How it works…
The free 8-week long creative courses, such as photography, textiles and pottery, are delivered by the four project partners – ArtCare at Salisbury District Hospital, The Salisbury Museum, Wessex Archaeology and Wiltshire Creative – and facilitated by staff and local artists experienced in supporting people with mental health needs to take part. Courses are available for both adults (over 20s) and young people (14-19). For a list of current courses see below.
Well-City Salisbury uses a model where participants are introduced to the project and signposted onto a course by their GP practice, support organisation or community group. If it’s your first time applying to take part in a course, we’re not able to accept self-referrals. If you would like to enrol on a course, please download and complete the enrolment form – signposted (.docx) and have your signposter get in touch for a support form then return both to email@example.com. Our Guidelines (pdf) detail who our courses are ideally suited for and will also be useful in determining if Well-City Salisbury is a good fit for you.
If you’ve already taken part in a Well-City Salisbury course and would like to enrol in a second, you don’t need to be introduced by your GP or a support organisation. Please download the self-referral enrolment form, complete it and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can take part in a maximum of 2 creative courses over the 3 years of the project (2022-2024). After this, we encourage you to stay involved by exploring other project pathways, such as our mentored volunteering programmes.
If you would like to find out more information about the project and creative courses offered, please email our Project Coordinator, Emma or get in touch on 07707 296883 (Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm) for a chat.
Well-City Salisbury is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Bookings currently being taken for the following courses:
A Journey into Print & Book Art with ArtCare
Every Wednesday, 26 Jan – 16 Mar, 1:30-4pm
Location: SP2 Hope Centre, Fisherton Street
Join ArtCare and artist Tamsin Loveday for a series of creative sessions where you will explore materials, techniques and the process of expressive printmaking and book art.
This 8-week course is designed to encourage enjoyment and expression through of a variety of printing approaches. You’ll have the opportunity to discover abstract mark making, word imagery and a range of book making methods to shape a unique and personal project.
Earth Works with Wessex Archaeology
Every Wednesday, 23 Feb – 13 Apr, 10am-12:30pm
Location: Various (Wessex Archaeology, artist studio, Old Sarum and other walk locations)
Join Wessex Archaeology experts and artist Suzie Gutteridge for a series of walks and creative sessions where you will explore the origins of the city through archaeology and art.
We will take the time to consider the people who were here before us, the stories the land has to tell us and enjoy moments where we come together, using creativity to represent the past, the present and our hopes for the future. N.B. This course includes walking outside over moderately uneven terrain. Walks will be approx. 2 hours long and of a gentle pace.
Our project partner Wiltshire Creative are currently delivering a creative course for young people working with a further education provider. We will be delivering more courses for young people in the future working with a range of different support organisations and signposters.
Details of courses starting in Apr-Jun 2022 coming soon.
Follow us on Twitter @WellCitySals to keep in touch and hear about what the project is up to!