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‘Wigan Archives & Local Studies have successfully worked alongside Healthy Arts on a number of recent projects relating to Wigan Boroughs history and heritage. Projects have taken the form of work directly contracted by Wigan Archives research for WWI Guided Bus Tour around Leigh to projects led by Healthy Arts but supported in some way by Wigan Archives Service, through CreativeLEIGH (The Streets of Leigh) and the HLF funded Lilford Park Centenary (LP100) events and activities. We are currently working in partnership with Healthy Arts on a project relating to the history of Leigh’s grammar schools. Healthy Arts offer a personal and professional service for organisations working with the arts and heritage sectors. Projects are always delivered on time, to budget and with excellent feedback and engagement responses from participants and visitors. Julie and Martin have many years of experience of working with a wide range of organisations and groups and we would not hesitate to work with them in the future.’

Alex Miller, Archives Manager, Wigan Archives Service, Leigh Town Hall, Leigh

‘Bob and Julie from Healthy Arts provided a great experience for the members of the Catching Creativity group. After an initial meeting with members of the group, they sought funding for a music and drama based project. They were successful in getting funds from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trusts Dragons Den fund. Bob and Julie ran eight drama and music workshops, leading to a performance in front of an invited audience. The participants gave positive feedback, thoroughly enjoying the experience, getting a lot out of it. One of the strengths of Healthy Arts is that they listen to people and take into account what they heard. Bob and Julie sensitively adapted what they did by responding to the needs of their participants. Some of whom had complex mental health needs. They also coped well with the fluctuating numbers of people, which can be an aspect of working with people with long term mental health difficulties. From the beginning to the end they were friendly, professional and well organised. Thanks again for a smashing project.’

Kevin Stamp, Day Service Officer, Bolton Council

‘I cannot find the words to express my gratitude and thanks. The difference Healthy Arts has made to our lives is phenomenal. I wish we had access to them years ago. If there were more groups and sessions made up of dedicated caring people like Healthy Arts, the countrys health and wellbeing would be greatly improved. We look forward to more sessions and long may Healthy Arts continue.’

AB, mother of a young man diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, giggle/stress and urge incontinence, dyspraxia, Irlen syndrome, dyslexia, hand tremors, inverted flat feet, social emotion and anxiety disorder.

‘I would definitely be interested in working with Healthy Arts again. It may have only been one pupil who you worked consistently with but the impact has been so positive and the amount of staff commenting on how much he got out of it and enjoyed it was amazing.’

Helen Parry, Head of Foundation Curriculum, Three Towers Academy

‘Great workshops! Everyone enjoyed them and said they learned a lot. Hope we get the opportunity to do more of them in the future.’

Mary Berry, Tyldesley Writers (Scriptshop Scriptwriting competition)

‘The growth in confidence of all the participants has been noticeable over the 4 week block of acting classes.’

Jeff, support staff at Skils CIC

‘Julie and her team pulled together a fantastic range of workshops and activities for our service users and carers and they worked extremely hard to get people involved, draw them in to activities and support people who needed a little extra encouragement.’

Adrian Barrowdale, Equality and Diversity Advisor, 5 Boroughs NHS Partnership Foundation Trust

‘The dance workshop was fun, lively and energetic. It was really inclusive especially for those who had very little dance experience. Kate was fantastic, really got everyone up and going.’

Chameleon Group/United Response (young people with with autism)

‘I felt that the drama workshop provided opportunities for those who don’t normally participate in group activities. It enabled people to say things without being judged and be included into the group activities. It was a great success and I received positive feedback from the group.’

Louise Winstanley, United Response (young people with with autism)

‘It was a very interesting craft session and the participants were very pleased with the products that they created.’

Wigan and Leigh Headway

‘Just wanted to thank you again for a fabulous session. I will be emailing Social Inclusion Team and Chief Exec to say how well you interacted with the patients and facilitated a stimulating, confidence enhancing and downright enjoyable session.’

Ros Roscoe, Activity Co-ordinator, Lakeside Mental Health Unit. Leigh Infirmary