Praise for arts and mental health project

Some of the work created during the workshops now on show at Whisby Nature Park.
Some of the work created during the workshops now on show at Whisby Nature Park.

An arts and mental health project which ran for people from Boston and Spalding has been praised in a new report.

Taking pART was a series of free creative workshops set up by Lincolnshire arts organisations Transports and arts NK.

They were supported by funding from the Mental Health Promotion Fund and Arts Council England for people from Boston and Spalding with an emphasis on integrating those experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

The project was run in the first half of 2016, but now a report into its impact – carried out by independent organisation MB Associates – has been published.

In this, the report’s authors conclude that ‘most people had a very positive experience and the results were excellent’, adding that ‘participants valued the programme highly and we heard almost no criticism’.

A free exhibition of some participants’ work is on display in the Natural World Centre’s café gallery at Whisby Nature Park, near Lincoln, until Sunday, March 19.