The HOP network meeting took place last week in the lovely surroundings of the Garden Room at the Bluecoat.
The meeting looked at social prescribing and what arts and culture can offer to support older people to stay healthy and active, and to help them recover more speedily from both physical and mental ill-health.
Robert Goux from HeartBeat Community very kindly offered to facilitate a short drum circle workshop to start the ball rolling. This was a great opportunity for HOP members to experience at first hand how a drum circle can bring people together, and allow people to be creative and take part without any previous experience. You can contact Robert via the Facebook link above to book a session.
Our guest speaker was Jo Ward. Jo is a freelance consultant with many years of experience in arts, museums, libraries and archives. She is currently working for Health Education North West, mapping out social prescribing activity in museums across the North West. Jo has a wealth of knowledge about arts and health which she shared with us as part of a very lively and thought-provoking discussion. She was happy for us to share her presentation more widely and below we have provided the presentation itself. In separate blogposts we will be highlighting some of the best practice she shared with us and links to some really interesting content.