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Arts for Health and Wellbeing - 11th June 2019

Arts for Health and Wellbeing day
Tuesday 11th June 2019
2pm - 4pm 

As part of the Festival of Ideas

Join singer Vivien Ellis, York GP Training Director Dr Nicola Gill, and Stephen Clift, Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre, to discover how the arts can benefit everyone's health and improve wellbeing. We will explore how singing reduces loneliness, benefits the heart and lungs, boosts the immune system and relieves stress.

You will learn about new research showing how involvement in the wonderful world of the arts has a positive impact on your health and how you feel. We will also share the work that is being done in York and across the country with social prescribing, to link patients to arts projects and groups.

We hope to inspire you to get involved and discover for yourself the beneficial effect of the arts on your own wellbeing. Did you know that arts in medical education improves both the care of patients and the wellbeing of clinical staff? We will talk about what is being done in York to ensure the next generation of GPs is inspired to promote the benefits of the arts to their patients. The following day we are set to host 63 York trainee GPs to make sure they are aware of arts wellbeing groups in the area and how they can support their patients to reach out to suitable groups. 

Most importantly you will be able to experience the benefits of singing for yourself by taking part in a friendly, fun singing session in the beautiful space of the NCEM. Everyone is welcome to take part, or just to come and listen. 

Tickets available from our Box Office. 

Inspired to get singing? Why not check out our monthly Cuppa and a Chorus sessions. 

Meet the team 

Vivien Ellis - Choir leader, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts & Health Associate

Vivien Ellis is a Grammy-nominated singer who leads several choirs for wellbeing, including a weekly drop-in group at the award-winning Dragon Cafe, a pioneering user-led creative cafe for mental health in the London Borough of Southwark. She is an Associate of Sidney De Haan Centre for Arts & Health Research, working to develop models and resources for arts and health training for creative artists and health professionals, particularly GPs.

Dr Nicola Gill - Programme Director of York GP Training Scheme

Dr Nicola Gill is a Programme Director of York GP Training Scheme. She facilitates seminars using the creative arts to help doctors offer compassionate care and improve their understanding of the patient's experience of illness. She is founder of the website The Art of Medicine, a creative arts resource for learning, teaching and maintaining the art of medicine. She hopes to stimulate interest about using the arts in the next generation of GPs at 'A Creative Arts Forum for Health and Wellbeing' taking place at the NCEM on the 12th of June 2019.

Stephen Clift - Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre 

Stephen Clift is Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health; Professor of Health Education in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University, and a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). His current interests relate to arts and heath and particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. He helped to found the journal Arts and Health and was the first chair of the steering group for the RSPH Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.