Growing health through art and creativity
Growing health through art & creativity (Ghac) is a health and wellbeing programme, using art and creativity to enhance quality of life and boost physical and mental health for residents. Reigate and Banstead Borough Council are working in partnership with Growing Health Together, HERA, the Arts Council and Baring Foundation to deliver arts and creative sessions that are fun, mindful and that boost creativity and health. Evidence shows that 'getting creative' whether art, music, creative writing, photography, dance and other art forms gives many health benefits including better mobility and breathing, boosting immunity and improved mood and confidence.
The Ghac groups will run as weekly drop in or blocks of 6-8 sessions. People can choose what they would like to try.
There is also a free monthly, creative drop in on the last Friday of each month at the Harlequin Theatre. This is designed to be a low stress way to connect through culture and takes place between 10.30am - midday. Sessions rotate between art, photography, singing, dancing and creative writing and are led by our Ghac professionals. We believe a healthy life includes creativity activity and people should not be 'shut out' of the arts because of status or income.
Any of our NHS colleagues, including admin can refer onto the programme as well as Community Development Officers, local charities and other key partners including local voluntary groups. People can also self-refer onto the sessions.
To refer email email@example.com. The October 2023 sessions are below. There is no need to book for the monthly creative drop in at the Harlequin,
|Every Tuesday for eight weeks from 3 October||Creative writing with John||Horley Library||Midday|
|Every Tuesday for eight weeks from 10 October||Singing for the soul with Nina||Harlequin Theatre||7pm*|
|Every Thursday for eight weeks from 5 October||Art for wellbeing with Louise||Merstham Hub||10am|
|Every Wednesday for six weeks from 1 November||Photography walks with Dan||Harlequin Theatre||2pm|
Creative writing with John
Over the eight-week run, participants will try out different narrative techniques and genres. John will work with the power of words to create insight, growth and healing in a safe and respectful space. The sessions aim to promote good mental health and enhance personal growth.
Singing for the soul with Nina
Singing for the soul is a singing group that will be a mood-enhancer and make you feel energised and uplifted whilst having fun. You don't have to be the best singer to join in. This is an inclusive and friendly session.
Art for wellbeing with Louise
Louise's sessions are designed to offer a range of artistic techniques for people to try whether beginners or a more experienced artist. They are fun and inclusive and relaxing sessions which are designed to boost self esteem.
Photography walks with Dan
Dan will demonstrate how photography is a means of practising mindfulness in our busy every day by taking photographs with our full attention and being present in the moment. He will lead walks in the Redhill vicinity and discuss techniques are more in this fully inclusive and welcoming group.