Inside Out Cymru have written a case-study of ‘Reaching Out’, our Arts Council of Wales Health and Wellbeing funded project. 

Click here to read the full case-study

From Jan- Mar 2024, ‘Reaching Out’ provided arts activities to individuals experiencing barriers tocommunity arts in Gwent because of special support needs and for in-patients. Demand was
identified by Alzheimers Society UK & ABUHB. The project improved social inclusion, wellbeing, & creative habits for those with dementia & their carers, & in-patients across 2 ABUHB wards. Activities were coproduced with partners, artists & beneficiaries in accessible venues, ensuring high impact. Through activities like ceramics, printmaking, painting & singing, participants & their carers experienced significant improvements in wellbeing & social connections. We delivered 31 sessions total (8 of these delivered by 2x artists) with 262 attendees.

“I come away from each session smiling” (participant).

“Mum is engaged, responsive, it’s improved her self worth. Instead of being bored at home, she’s involved in a group doing something she loves & she continues to do at home! So much so, we have a dedicated door with all her artwork on so far.” (Carer)

Positive feedback received evidences the Reaching Out’s impact, highlighting the following strengths:

  • High Accessibility & Engagement: 100% of surveyed carers & 86% of target participants ‘Strongly Agreed’ that the project made arts activities more accessible to them.
  • Enjoyment & Cultural Engagement: 71% of participants ‘Strongly Agreed’ that the sessions were enjoyable.
  • Wellbeing Benefits: 71% of target participants noted improved wellbeing. All carers & staff noted a significant positive impact, giving an average rating of 4.8/5.
  • Social Connections: 71% of participants & 83% of carers ‘Strongly Agreed’ that the sessions helped them connect with others, reducing isolation.
  • Supportive Environment: 86% of surveyed participants & all carers feeling supported.
  • Skill Development: All participants & carers learned something new, with 83-86% strongly agreeing