About the Alliance

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The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance is the sole free-to-join membership organisation for creative health across England.

We provide networked, collaborative advocacy, support and resources, supporting health and wellbeing for all through creative and cultural practice. We are based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Help us build a thriving creative health sector.

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    The difference we make:

    • connecting and empowering changemakers in the field
    • amplifying critical initiatives that demonstrate how creativity and culture addresses health inequalities
    • conducting research that evidences critical systemic change opportunities
    • challenging and changing systemic health narratives through positioning the value of culture and creativity

    CHWA's Theory of Change

    CHWA has been working with the Phillip Barker Centre for Creative Learning and Research Education Creativity and Arts through Practice (RECAP) at The University of Chester to develop a new Theory of Change which we will publish shortly.

    Contact and organisational details

    The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance CIC is a registered Community Interest Company based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

    Strategic Priorities

    • Partnership

      • Supporting partnership across cultural, statutory and community sectors
      • Developing links between practice, research and education
      • Building regional networks
    • Equity

      • Championing work to address health and cultural inequalities
      • Addressing inequalities in the creative health workforce
      • Supporting coproduction and leadership by lived experience
      • Developing our understanding of how creative health impacts equity
    • Sustainability

      • Helping practitioners thrive with
        • Bespoke support
        • Peer networks
        • Practitioner wellbeing advocacy
      • Joining the dots between creativity, health and climate justice

    Vision, Mission & Values

    Our vision

    A healthy world powered by our creativity and imagination

    Our mission

    We want to build a common understanding that creativity and culture are integral to health and wellbeing. This is an approach that engages with prevention and health-creation not just treatment and disease; is asset-based and holistic; and is communal, collective and co-produced.

    We want to lead by building national, regional and local collaboration to strengthen the collective power of our members.

    We are

    • Collaborative
    • Caring
    • Inclusive
    • Committed to positive social change

    How we work

    We advocate

    • Joining the dots between culture, creativity, health and wellbeing
    • Influencing funders, commissioners and policymakers
    • Empowering changemakers
    • Developing the relationship between practice and research¬†

    We support local networks

    • We work with volunteer regional champions around the country to
    • Support peer networks
    • Build relationships between culture and health

    We provide resources

    • Information
    • Training
    • Peer support

    Regional champions

    Find out more about our champions across the nine English regions (and other networks supporting the home nations) here.

    Strategic Alliance Members & Partners

    Find out about our national partners here.

    The Creative Health Family

    We have a joint memorandum of understanding with the LENs and National Centre for Creative Health (NCCH) to ensure collaboration and complementarity. The NCCH also provides secretariat support for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing on behalf of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.

    Policies and Procedures

    These help us achieve our mission and realise our values.

    Funders and supporters

    Read about who funds and supports our work here.