Our arts workshops are friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.
Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to experience working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
We are a friendly choir open to anybody with a mental health condition and their carers and friends.
We meet in the Michaelhouse Centre every Friday between 2:30–3:30pm.
Our Younger People with Dementia programme provides a safe and therapeutic environment for participants diagnosed with dementia early in life.
Sessions allow attendees to show ability and enjoy success within a safe and social setting, experience handling clay and being guided and supported to make objects which will then be glazed and professionally fired.
Arts & Minds Creative Cafe is a monthly, informal, friendly drop-in cafe held on the last Tuesday of each month in the foyer at Cambridge Junction from 10:30 to 12.30.
The cafe is open to everybody and particularly welcomes people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to come along and feel more connected with their community.
We provide art sessions for corporate clients and other organisations committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of their employees.
For more information, click here.
Seven leading organisations that support the mental wellbeing of children or young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough launched Fullscope in October 2019.
Fullscope's member organisations are Arts and Minds, Blue Smile, Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination, Centre 33, CPSL Mind, The Kite Trust and YMCA Trinity Group.
The research and evidence supporting the power of the arts to transform health and wellbeing is overwhelming.
Below are some examples of reports, studies and resources:
"To me, being creative in a group is a wonderful way of bringing out all that is positive and dissolving those negative feelings we all sometimes have – Arts and Minds have a winning formula with Arts on Prescription."
"Arts on Prescription was a turning point for me – and I’ve not stopped drawing and painting since!"
"It was a way I could express myself and allow how I was feeling to really surface – keep up the good work you are very much needed!"
We couldn’t do the work we do without support. Thank you to our current funders and individual donors.
Over the last twelve months supporters of our work have included Arts Council England, Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Evelyn Trust, National Lottery, Pye Foundation, South Cambridgeshire District Council and The Fore.
To donate online, please click the icon above.
To donate by cheque, please send a cheque made payable to Arts and Minds to Arts and Minds, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX.
To donate by bank transfer, please send an email to our administrator and ask for our bank details and a gift aid form.
Director: Emily Bradfield
Administrator / Programme Manager: Mary Shastid
Helen McCallum (Chair), Richard Taylor (Deputy Chair), Lorraine Partridge (Treasurer), Dr Hilary Bungay, Madeleine Cooter-Baker, Catherine Hatcher, Emma Howes, Margaret Ingram, Christina Rowland-Jones MBE, Martin Stefan
Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Simon McBurney OBE, Jill Gomez, Professor German Berrios, The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely
Arts on Prescription:
Lead Artist: Caroline Wendling
Artists: Jane Frost, Susanne Jasilek, Giuseppina Santoro
Counsellors: Alison Gilling, Karen Street
Young People with Dementia Pottery:
Bob Race (Lead Artist), Sheena Grummitt (Supporting Artist)
Anne Taylor (Conductor)
Virtual Creative Cafe:
Ruth Cocksedge, Jane Frost, Marissa Green, Susanne Jasilek, Giuseppina Santoro, Karen Street, Katrina Wilson
Norris Museum (St Ives), Peterborough Museum, University of Cambridge Museums
Dr Peter Bailey, Wendy Dear, David Jordan, Graham Spinks
Ayumi Asai, Nathan Castley, Sheena Grummitt, Emma Monteiro