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 Pop up situated on the 1st floor of the Belfry Shopping Centre, Redhill. 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 The October 2023 sessions are below. There is no need to book for the  monthly creative drop in at the Harlequin,

Start Date Session Venue Time
Every Tuesday for eight weeks from 3 October Creative writing with John Horley Library Midday
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 Pop Up, 1st Floor , Belfry Shopping Centre 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.

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.