CW+ Arts COVID-19 Response: Shortlisted for Royal Society for Public Health Awards

We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) prestigious Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021 for our Arts COVID-19 Response in the category of Arts and Health.

In March 2020, our Arts for All programme was curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response we created engaging arts-based activities via both digital and non-digital media to support the health and wellbeing of our patients and staff.

We launched Virtual Connections, our online arts programme which enables our resident artists and partners to continue delivering creative workshops, mindfulness sessions, music videos and more to patients, staff, and those self-isolating in the wider community. Bespoke activity packs, including colouring books and puzzles, were also created for patients across both our hospitals to enjoy. As well as refurbishing ward environments, new ‘wellbeing hubs’ were set up to accommodate staff on breaks or between shifts.

Trystan Hawkins, Director of Patient Environment at CW+, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the RSPH Health & Wellbeing Award. Throughout these challenging times our dedicated team has continued to use their expertise in participatory arts and environmental design to lead a series of interventions supporting the wellbeing of patients and staff, and we are immensely proud of all those involved.”

We are one of three nominees in the category of Arts and Health, alongside Noise Solution and Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice.

The Health & Wellbeing Awards, which take place on 21 October 2021 in London, is the UK’s premier awards scheme for promoting and celebrating health and wellbeing. The annual awards raise awareness of the amazing ways that public health programmes, charities and businesses have been supporting the health of their communities and staff.

Find out more about our arts in health programme here.