We know that prolonged hospital stays can often result in stress, boredom and loneliness for patients of all ages. In partnership with staff, patients, artists and partners, we designed our Arts for All programme to provide meaningful cultural opportunities, which offer distraction, engagement and social interaction to improve patient experience at our hospitals.


In March 2020, our Arts for All programme was curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-essential visits to care settings became impossible, leaving patients more isolated and lacking the stimulation that arts activities can bring.

In response, 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.

We also put together 600 bespoke activity packs for patients across both our hospitals to enjoy. These packs included colouring books, puzzles, whiteboards and markers, headphones for listening to music, stencils, and cross-stitch kits. Another 1,325 activity packs were contributed by some of our resident artists and partners.

In January 2021, we hosted a CW+ Conversations webinar to reflect on our work during COVID-19, inviting leaders in the sector to join the discussion and present evaluation findings. Find out more on our arts blog. 

“[The activity packs] helped keep patients occupied in the ward, some patients took them home to use.”

“Many of the patients have enjoyed the colouring books in particular. The whiteboards were great for use with patients with communication challenges.”

Staff feedback on our Arts for All patient activity packs