ArtsLink Fizz! was a special Art for Wellbeing project which provided creative activities to enhance and enrich the lives of local people.
“Creative activity is a tool which can be used to help with life’s challenges.”
Funded by the National Lottery for 4 years (2017-2021) this project delivered the following free weekly sessions:
Parkinson’s Dance – special dance and movement activity for people living with Parkinson’s
Art for Memory – supportive groups for people with early stage Memory Loss, whatever the reason, which utilized creative activities to encourage engagement and sharing
Art for Parents – social groups with a focus on creative activities which provided creativity, support and friendship.
Delivered by specially trained and experienced leaders these groups made a significant difference to a large number of people living locally to Sherborne.
ArtsLink Fizz! helped to reduce feelings of isolation, increased people’s confidence, created a safe and happy place for participants, improved confidence with mobility and provided a network of support.
To read our of our end of project report, please click here.
Research and Evaluation
ArtsLink engaged the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Bournemouth University (BU) to undertake an independent evaluation of the ArtsLink Fizz! Project. This was to ensure that the learning and findings from the project would be meaningful, useful and accessible.
The BU final evaluation report has been disseminated widely and will continue to contribute to the growing research about the value of engagement in creative/artistic activity as a way to support health and wellbeing.
The Parkinson’s Dance group practicing their very own Haka!
“I can’t believe how proud it made me seeing my work on display: I never thought I could do that”
“The class is encouraging, informative, it is a joy to be here”
“Before coming to dance I couldn’t stand, but now I can and find standing and walking easier”
ArtsLink Fizz: Parkinsons Dance
“It made me realise I can still do things that I thought I couldn’t do. It just pushes you”.
ArtsLink Fizz: Art for Memory
“Thank you for an excellent and challenging course”
“it makes you do it at home as well, it inspires you to do what you wouldn’t normally do at home”. “I painted all the garden furniture!”
ArtsLink Fizz: Art for Parents
“ArtsLink offers a community as well as art lessons”
ArtsLink Tutor observation
“The class was helpful and fun. I was really, really happy”
ArtsLink Course Participant