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about we create: mexborough

A project testing the positive impact of arts and culture on prescription

A group of people playing instruments with musician Gary Hammond at The Point in Doncaster as part of the Creative Directions project led by darts

We Create: Mexborough is a partnership project between Cast, darts and Heritage Doncaster and is funded by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group.

Whilst the activity is designed for adults experiencing mental health difficulties or feeling socially isolated and living in Mexborough, the activities online are for all to enjoy.

The project was about to launch regular sessions in Mexborough when lockdown struck, so the partners and artists have been busy-behind-the-scenes finding new ways to connect with Mexborough residents.

The first set of activities are a series of new podcasts which aim to get people thinking about where they live and the sounds all around them.

The second set of activities are Desert Island darts-casts with The Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan, and our professional musicians.

For more information about the project, please read on. We will update this page to let you know when we can start weekly sessions in person.

We Create: Mexborough is a pilot project testing the positive impact arts and culture on prescription have on health outcomes in communities. Funded by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the activity in Mexborough, Doncaster, is based on scaling up existing successful models delivered by local arts and culture providers: darts, Heritage Doncaster and Cast.

The activity is for adults aged 18+ with a wide spectrum of diagnosed and undiagnosed mild, moderate and severe mental health issues. Those who are feeling socially isolated.
Regular, positive, creative activity focuses on:

  • Preventing mental health crisis
  • Building strategies to build and maintain good mental health and wellbeing
  • Increasing social connectedness and reducing loneliness
  • Reducing non-elective admissions and emergency admissions related to mental health crisis

We know that mental illness has a direct impact on confidence and self-worth. High quality arts and cultural activity will be delivered weekly over two years in Mexborough, co-designed with local GPs, health partners and residents. Delivery partners will deliver blocks of regular, weekly activity for people to engage in. Activity includes a range of visual arts, theatre skills, music, history and performance.

We are working with an external evaluator to build a robust body of evidence to inform future commissioning and embed the model. This project will allow us to test and learn on a larger scale to develop a cohesive and proven approach that commissioners can embed in prevention and recovery pathways long term, whilst building the case for mainstream funding.

We Create: Mexborough is a partnership project with Cast and Heritage Doncaster, funded by Doncaster CCG.


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