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Fazeley Studios

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Digbeth

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B5 5SE

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Arts & Culture for Health, Happiness, Independence and Wellbeing in Birmingham

Developing the “how to” for care and support, delivery and commissioning

This conference is the third event in a series, which started in 2018 to bring people together across sectors. The first, nearly a year ago asked the question of whether arts, culture, social care and health could and should be working together. The answer was a resounding yes. The second event explored what we could do together particularly looking at personalisation (e.g. direct payments), social prescribing and behaviour change.

This event is being jointly organised by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies (BCAT) and is about identifying and promoting the how, where, when and who of working together, with the aim still of enabling citizens to live healthy, happy, independent lives in their own homes and communities. It also marks 25 years of experience BCAT has of delivering arts therapies and an arts in health service to communities across the city.

Background and Context

For several years there has been a growing recognition of the important role that arts and cultural activity and programmes can have on the health and wellbeing of citizens and communities. Alongside this, there has been a growing recognition in social care and health of the need to promote independence, personalisation, health, happiness and wellbeing in order to foster better outcomes for citizens. As a result, incrementally we’re seeing greater visibility of the arts and cultural offer of Birmingham in the practices and commissioning happening in social care and health. However, there’s still much more to do to move this from the margins to the mainstream. The evidence base and the case is clear of the benefits of doing this, but the question still remains of how do we do this?

With the advent of social prescribing and the Council’s investment in prevention there are more opportunities emerging to test the “how”. This should build on good practice which is already recognised nationally and internally, as well as developing and learned (but perhaps forgotten) in Birmingham. Likewise the development of a more diverse approach to direct payments and personal health budgets, as well as the enthusiasm amongst commissioners to create more interesting, vibrant community offers for citizens is creating opportunities to put ideas and evidence into practice.

There are a range of important strengths and assets which the city has from which to create some unique and significant partnerships between arts and cultural networks, social care and health institutions, citizens and communities:

  • Arts and cultural groups, organisations and expertise – being a super diverse city, brings with it a rich diversity of arts and cultural activity, institutions and heritage. Whether this is culture on the doorstep, theatre in the city centre or arts therapies, there is an offer for everyone.
  • Relationships with citizens and communities – there are voluntary and community sector organisations with strong and established relationships with older people, people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions, many of whom are actively engaged or interested in collaboration with the arts and culture sector.
  • Recognising the ideas, aspirations and strengths of citizens and communities – through the Three Conversations approach in adult social care, as well as social prescribing we’re starting to connect and re-connect people to activities and interests to help people be as socially, mentally and physically active as possible.

Aims and outcomes from the event:

The conference is for a range of stakeholders interested in how arts, culture and personalised therapy programmes can promote the health, happiness, wellbeing and independence of citizens in Birmingham, particularly those already known or at risk of becoming known to the social care and health sectors. This includes representatives from:

  • Arts and cultural organisations, groups and institutions
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations and groups working with older people, people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions
  • Social care teams and practitioners
  • Health teams and practitioners
  • Social care and NHS commissioners and managers
  • Citizens with direct payments and/or personal health budgets

We hope that everyone attending the event will leave it having:

  • Gained a better understanding of the role arts and culture can play in promoting the health, happiness, wellbeing and independence of citizens and communities
  • Gained an understanding and knowledge of the different types of arts and cultural activities and how they can help people in different ways
  • Gained inspiration, ideas and contacts for connecting citizens and communities with the city’s arts and cultural offer
  • A better knowledge and understanding of the types of funding and commissioning opportunities which are or could be available to invest in arts and cultural activity
  • A better knowledge and understanding of what’s happening in social care and health, both now and in the next few years
  • Met people from places and sectors you wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to meet

To prepare for and make the most out of the conference, here’s a few resources to consider:

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is ample on street parking near Fazeley Studios; you can park free of charge on Fazeley Street, River Street and Floodgate Street. Alternatively, click here to find directions and the nearest car park birmingham https://digbeth.com/transport

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email Claire.Starmer@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 303 2434

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have a list of registered delegates on site so no need to print off your ticket.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

This is a free event and tickets are limited. However, if you are unable to attend you can transfer your ticket to a colleague in the same department/sector as yourself and as described in the ticket choice list.

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