We designed a series of six 10-week workshops and invited participants to tell us about their experiences, in order to explore two questions that we know less about:

  • is it always beneficial to participate in creative arts?
  • what is happening during these creative arts workshops that leads to these benefits?

We were interested in discovering the things participants liked, thought less helpful, and what they would change. There was no right or wrong answer. Participants had time to think through what they wished to say and choose what they wished to tell us. Most importantly, we hope they enjoyed the workshops.

From these ‘lessons learnt’, we plan to create a larger study that explores these questions further and asks new questions, such as : could/should creative arts be offered by councils and/or prescribed by your GP?'