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LINKS TO THRIVE: Arts on Prescription in West Berkshire

Creative sessions led by professional artists designed to support adult well-being through social prescription.

Available sessions

Links to Thrive is a programme of free courses for adults offering creative activities, support and social connection delivered in venues across West Berkshire.

In collaboration with local GP surgeries and their Social Prescribers, we are offering referral and self-referral places onto creative well-being courses

Art for Wellbeing: Create with Clay
Explore some of West Berkshire’s own historic artefacts as a starting point for creating with clay. With wellbeing in mind, sessions are relaxed, suitable for total beginners, and all about enjoying the creative process. This introduction to clay course is led by ceramic artist Càit Gould, with brief insights into the current exhibitions and museum collection by Clare Bromley, Learning and Participation Officer at West Berkshire Museum.

Singing for Recovery:
With a focus on wellbeing, this session will use vocal warm-ups and singing techniques to promote relaxation as well as an opportunity to sing along to songs of all kinds. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to sing in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Creative Journaling:
A chance to reflect and explore using mixed media, mindfulness and lots of creative fun techniques to produce a private journal just for you.

Art for Wellbeing:
Learn new art techniques in a relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere under the guidance of professional artists and illustrators.

Craft and Care:
With a focus on wellbeing these sessions will work through a variety of craft techniques offering new skills and an opportunity to share progress with others in a supportive and relaxed environment.

Full course information is listed below after how to get involved.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

All courses are free for adults of all ages looking for support in well-being or looking to build confidence in their ability to meet challenges, especially in the context of COVID-19. Places by referral.

You can self-refer or be referred by someone already working to support adults in West Berkshire, for example your local GP, Social Prescriber or community hub.

You can find more information and download a referral form below in the section after Autumn Courses 2022

For enquiries contact getinvolved@cornexchangenew.co.uk, call our admin line 01635 582666 (option 3), or speak to your Social Prescriber to be referred via your local GP practice.

Participants are welcome to join throughout the course as each session is independent.

Autumn Courses 2022

Ageing Creatively 55+ (Bursaries available for Links to Thrive referrals)

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you are 55 or over, you can self-refer or be referred by someone already working to support adults in West Berkshire, for example your local GP, Social Prescriber or community hub for a free place through a Links to Thrive bursary.

You can download a referral form below.

Creative Arts Club:
Uncover your creativity and experience a different art form each week in this course designed for beginners and experienced art lovers alike.

Sing 55
: Sing and socialise as part of a community singing group. Join Chrissie Neale for a drop-in sing-along session, especially for the over 55s.

Stitch and Sew:
Join us in the Balcony Bar for a social sewing, knitting or crocheting session. We will have some simple projects available or bring whatever you are working on.

To access these Links to Thrive and Ageing Creatively courses, you can self-refer or be referred by someone already working to support adults in West Berkshire, for example, your local GP, Social Prescriber or community hub.

Please click on one of the links below to complete the relevant form.