Four health places in Wales have set their challenges as part of the HARP Seed programme, our partnership with Arts Council of Wales. Each health place is looking for an artist or arts organisation to work with.
An overview of each health challenge is below and more information and the link to apply can be found underneath. Arts places (including artists and arts organisations) can apply for one of the challenges and criteria for what each place is looking for can be found on the link.
Health Education and Improvement Wales: Telling the story of Black healthcare workers during the pandemic
Health Education and Improvement Wales has a leading role in the education, training, development and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales. In this programme we want to work with Welsh artists with an African or Caribbean heritage to help us tell the stories of the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of Black NHS Healthcare workers, Healthcare students and trainees in Wales. Research to date has shown us how Covid-19 has illuminated entrenched inequalities, particularly those endured by our Black community; our hope is that by working with artists to tell this important story of the pandemic, we can start the journey of effective engagement, our workforce becomes more diverse and space for difficult conversations are fostered.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board: bringing creativity to the hospital ‘recharge’ spaces for staff
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) covers Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr and Bridgend. Working across CTMUHB, we would like to work with artists to improve staffs’ experiences of the hospital staff recharge spaces at various sites. In particular we want to support staff experiencing mental health or wellbeing challenges at work and those with caring responsibilities in the home, disabled staff, and staff from BAME backgrounds who have been identified as being more at risk from Covid 19. We are hoping that creative activities for wellbeing play a key role to the development of staff wellbeing, helping CTMUHB to live its core values of teamwork, listening, learning, respect and empathy among staff.
New Pathways: reducing stigma and isolation for rape and sexual abuse survivors across Wales
New Pathways provides specialist support services for people of all ages in Wales who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse. Covid-19 has left many clients feeling further isolated due to the sudden loss of the normal support networks, everyday routines and coping strategies which help to keep them safe. Through the Seed process, we hope to develop creative ideas that reduce stigma and help people to start the “difficult conversation” so that they get the help they need earlier, and can feel more grounded and less isolated. Arts partners will need to work with us to develop ideas that are “trauma informed”. We are also keen to hear from arts partners who can help us to improve engagement with some communities who are disproportionately affected by sexual violence, yet who are less likely to seek support. These include BAME communities, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, men & boys, offenders and ex-offenders. Therefore, we would welcome conversations with artists from these communities who can provide an informed lens.
Denbighshire County Council: Supporting front-line care staff across Denbighshire county to manage the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic
Frontline health and social care staff in Denbighshire continue to face unprecedented challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They continue to do their utmost to protect vulnerable people, often going above and beyond - in an environment of staff shortages, distressed and lonely residents/citizens, new ways of working, worry for their and their own household’s health, exhaustion, and generally high levels of stress and anxiety. Our hope with Seed is to have a co-produced, sustainable and innovative arts resource for frontline care staff - to give their wellbeing a boost, provide an outlet, and help them to know and to feel that they are valued. Improved staff wellbeing is a fundamental indicator of success here and we are looking for an innovative approach that brings creativity and its positive impact to staff members’ daily routines. Ideally, we’d like to work with an arts partner who can communicate in Welsh as well as English.