Mental Health

Help us show how arts and creativity is improving health and wellbeing in Telford

If you have a story to share about how arts and creativity has made a difference to your life, then we want to know about it.
Arts and crafts in action
Arts and crafts in Telford

If you have a story to share about how arts and creativity has made a difference to your life, then we want to know about it.

By John Cocker

As an artist and sculptor I have always preferred working with people when I am being creative.

I love inspiring people of all ages in Telford, to have a go at new things or to explore talents they may never have known they had.

I strongly believe that simply taking time out to make things is beneficial to someone’s health and wellbeing.

Music, singing, building, performance, writing & poetry, exhibitions, dance, carnival or gardening can lift a person’s mood. I know it does for me.

My job in the Public Health team involves promoting existing arts activities and supporting communities to lead on the creation of new arts activities to help improve people’s health and wellbeing.

So I’m personally and professionally interested in having a conversation locally about creativity, and its part in the wellbeing of an individual or community.

I’m always asking questions. How can those interested in creativity and wellbeing build links to support each other? How do we get our various offers and ideas developed or promoted?

One way that I think we can support each other and promote what we do is to share stories about how arts and creativity can make a difference to people’s lives.

Sharing stories will help us to build a profile of the difference creativity is making across the borough of Telford and Wrekin in a way that encourages others to give it a go.

So if you have a story, please consider sharing it with me.

You can email me john.cocker@telford.gov.uk

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