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The healing power of Creative Arts on our health and wellbeing

Taiko Drumming Worshop

The WISE Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing programme at Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board recently held an evaluation day where participants could reflect and share their experiences about their Creative Craft and Japanese Taiko Drumming workshops.

These innovative creative workshops form part of the social prescribing programme offered by the Wellness Improvement Service (WISE) to provide participants with a unique avenue for self-expression and personal development.

Engaging in creative arts has been associated with stress reduction, improved mood, and increased self-esteem.

View some of the participant interview clips below

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, shedding light on the impact these creative arts workshops had on the participant's overall mental well-being. 

Sarah, who had attended both workshops said, "Engaging in these workshops has been a game-changer for me.

‘The craft sessions with Becky Adams and the Taiko Drumming, not only allowed me to explore my creative side but has also significantly improved my anxiety and depression – at one point, I even got up to dance!”

Interpretive Collage Art Piece

Each participant worked on an interpretive collage art piece to provide a visual representation of their experience.

Olivia Tutton-thompson, a Wellness Coach with WISE, shared her insights into the unique dynamics of this approach. She said, "Art is not just about aesthetics; it can be a powerful tool for healing.

WISE participant artwork

‘Engaging in the creation and sharing of interpretive collage art offers a unique and holistic approach to self-discovery, healing, and fostering a sense of empowerment in one's health journey.

‘It's really heartening for me as a Wellness Coach to witness the tremendous courage our participants show in sharing their experiences through their individual pieces - the creative arts have a remarkable way of breaking down barriers and empowering individuals to express themselves freely.

‘That’s why we are committed at WISE to offer these workshops in a safe and inclusive environment where individuals can explore, create, and experience the therapeutic benefits of the arts."

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