A peer led approach to evaluating the ‘soft and fluffy’: Creative activities can be seen as soft and fluffy from a medical perspective

A peer led approach to evaluating the ‘soft and fluffy’: Creative activities can be seen as soft and fluffy from a medical perspective

A peer led approach to evaluating the ‘soft and fluffy’: Creative activities can be seen as soft and fluffy from a medical perspective

Creative Minds a Charity hosted by the South West Yorkshire NHS Trust, developing creative activities to support mental health and wellbeing. People’s Voice Media a charity that trains community reporters to use digital media to support people to tell their own stories in their own way. Working in an asset-based approach that builds social capital to empower small community groups and organisations to grow and develop, that is very much influenced by Microsystems thinking. Co-production and peer led approaches are key to developing a new means of evaluating creative activities, often described as “soft and fluffy” by clinicians. Community Reporters collected participants stories, to evaluate and provide new insights. We used these to inform a conversation for change with local decision makers, very much a rekindling exercise. Central to the approach is the belief that people telling authentic stories about their own lived experience offers a valuable understanding of their lives and provides the best insight into meeting their needs. This is about reconfiguring the future for health care services, challenging the culture and will hopefully inspire the festival if selected.


Presenter/s: Phil Walters (Creative Minds, United Kingdom) , Hayley Trowbridge (People's Voice Media, United Kingdom) , Amanda Edmondson (Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom) , Sophie Mei Lan (Mama Mei, United Kingdom)