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Previous conferences

The Derbyshire Arts and Health Network exists for anyone who works in or is interested in the field of Arts, Health and Wellbeing. We provide regular network newsletters and have held conferences in January 2010, May 2012, November 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Derbyshire Arts and Health Network conference 2014 

The programme included the following presentations and workshops and copies of the presentations / hand-outs can be found at the bottom of this page in the Related Documents section :

The Level Centre -  Andrew Williams, Level Centre (First Movement)

Bridging the Gap - Intergenerational working - Gill Clarke, Intergenerational Project Manager, Derbyshire County Council and Lynn Ludditt, Freelance Writer/Trainer/Project Manager

What’s on offer at Derbyshire Adult Community Education - Cathy Cooke, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service (DACES)

Music and health - Nick Cutts, OPUS Music CIC.

Reading and Reminiscence - Carla Nitti and Susan Bradley, Access and Inclusion Librarians, Derbyshire County Council (Derbyshire Libraries)

Learning to move together - Nikki Disney, Creative Movement workshop leader, Déda

Printmaking with found materials - Rosemary MacLennan, Visual Arts Tutor, Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Community Education Service 

Beyond Words - Cathy Grindrod and Karen Waldram, Freelance writers

Derbyshire Arts and Health Network Conference 2013
The conference was held on 18th November in South Normanton. 64 people attended from a wide variety of backgrounds across health and community services and the arts. We launched the summary evaluation report for arts:impact at the conference – you can find a pdf copy of it to download, alongside the full, detailed evaluation report, plus more information about the project, on the arts:impact pages.

The conference featured a Health Services update from Elaine Michel, Director of Public Health at Derbyshire County Council. The day included presentations and workshops showcasing the best of arts and health work in Derbyshire, including King Lear and dementia (see 1623 in 2013 report below); Storytelling for wellbeing with Creative Interaction; Memory Lane: the impact of drawing and reminiscence, with Junction Arts; Improving health with art, with Paintings in Hospitals; Reading and writing for wellbeing, with Cultural and Community Services, Derbyshire County Council; and Circle dance in dementia, with Dementia Pathfinders CIC.

Once more there was a great atmosphere and much opportunity for networking. It was exciting to be able to witness first-hand the wide variety of work and expertise in the county through the display tables. Of special interest was the Belly Cast project, a project working with teenage parents-to-be to create beautiful and expressive casts of their baby bumps, allowing participants to get advice and learn about all aspects of pregnancy and the unborn child.
For more information on all the above see downloads below including 'ProgrammeSpeakerInfoAH2013' and also individual presentations and information.

Previous Conferences

Our first meeting was held in January 2010. The event focussed on the benefits and possibilities around the arts and mental health. To download the notes from this meeting, click the attached Word document below entitled 'Derbyshire Arts and Health Network Notes January 2010'.

Our second meeting, 'Impact: The Derbyshire Arts and Health Network Conference', was held on 4th May 2012 at the DONUT centre in Chesterfield. With 57 delegates, around 1/3 from the field of health and 2/3 arts, discussions were lively and much was learned and shared. Delegates were able to experience arts workshops and hear about arts in health projects, their theories and challenges, and their positive outcomes. Together we explored the future for Arts in Health work, in the context of changes to the NHS and Network development, and though the challenges were acknowledged, the feeling for the future - especially in the context of an Arts and Health Network for Derbyshire - was positive.

Below you can download notes from the conference taken from small group discussions, which includes suggested ways forward for the Network and the sector (see Conference Discussion Notes, below). You will also find the evaluation comments.

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