Arts and Minds

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Arts and Minds uses the arts to support the positive wellbeing of individuals and communities. They run a range of arts-based programmes and activities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, no previous skills needed.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • creative engagement can improve confidence and self-esteem
  • creative engagement promotes social connectedness
  • it provides opportunities for you to experiment with different materials and learn new skills

“It was unexpected how much the sessions made a positive impact on my wellbeing.”

“Learning that I have a creative side and having this time for me.”

How to contact

Where to go

Ely Central Library
6 The Cloisters

East Cambridgeshire District

What to expect?

  • Arts & Minds host a Creative Cafe in Ely Central Library once a month. The library is just off the market square in Ely, not far from the main bus stops and around a 10 minute walk from two of the free carparks in the city. Upon arrival at the library, make your way to the main reception desk on the first floor (via the stairs or lift) and you will be directed to the group. Everyone is welcome, materials are provided and the group guide will offer some informal inspiration for a creative activity. There’s no need to book. These sessions especially welcome those living with physical or mental health challenges.

Arts and Minds also offer several programmes in Cambridge which can be easily reached by public transport:

  • both virtual and face-to-face Arts on Prescription programmes that run between 6-12 weeks, facilitated by a skilled artist and an experienced counsellor. Carers may attend and join in, should they wish. Arts materials are provided and these are sent through the post for virtual programmes;
  • Michaelhouse Singers, a welcoming community choir open to anybody with a mental health condition and their carers and friends. Young people over 12 years are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult;
  • Pottery for younger people with dementia and their carers, which allows attendees to show ability and enjoy success within a safe and social setting, experience handling clay and be guided and supported to make objects which will then be glazed and professionally fired; and
  • a bi-monthly Creative Café at the Junction, an informal, friendly drop-in cafe. The cafe is open to people of all ages and we particularly welcome those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to feel more connected with their community.

More information

Arts and Minds aspire to a creative society where people have the confidence and self-esteem to lead fulfilling lives. They work across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Arts and Minds ask for contributions from participants on all of their programmes.

However, they do not wish finance to present a barrier to you  participating. Therefore, they are always happy to discuss / waive contributions where appropriate.

For more information, please get in touch with them!

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