In 2019, we were delighted to be the chosen charity of the year for The Worshipful The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Will Pascall. Our award-winning Arts for All programme brings creative disciplines such as music, dance, arts and crafts, art therapy, and music therapy to the wards and patients’ bedsides. With support from the Mayor, we are expanding our Arts for All Programme with a ‘Community Bridge’ so that we can reach beyond the hospital walls to support the health and wellbeing of our community.
The CW+ Community Bridge Programme aims to:
- Support people stay well in their communities
- Promote healthy ageing
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Connect with community and charitable services
- Support people living independently
In order to achieve this, we have created the CW+ Studio, a bespoke space within Chelsea and Westminster Hospital which is now open to patients as a hub of cultural activity. We are also developing partnerships across the Borough which will enable us to signpost people to further activities, so that they may continue to have access to the arts, helping to improve their health and wellbeing. Ultimately, we want to bridge the gap between discharge from hospital and the community in the hopes that it will help reduce emergency re-admissions, reduce pressures on GP practices and reduce social isolation.