We Create: Mexborough

We Create: Mexborough is a partnership project between Cast, darts and Heritage Doncaster. It is funded by Doncaster CCG.

We Create: Mexborough is a creative project for adults experiencing mental health difficulties or feeling isolated. Just as weekly sessions were about to begin in March, lockdown began.

We’re excited to announce that activities in Mexborough are taking place every week on Tuesday afternoons at Mexborough Resource Centre.

Find out more: https://wearedarts.org.uk/we-create-mexborough/

Get creative with soundscapes
https://wearedarts.org.uk/soundscapes/

What music has inspired you? Make a music map
https://wearedarts.org.uk/desert-island-darts-cast/

We Create: Mexborough is a pilot project testing the positive impact arts and culture on prescription have on health outcomes in communities. Funded by Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the activity in Mexborough, Doncaster, is based on scaling up existing successful models delivered by local arts and culture providers: darts, Heritage Doncaster and Cast.

The activity is for adults aged 18+ with a wide spectrum of diagnosed and undiagnosed mild, moderate and severe mental health issues. Those who are feeling socially isolated.
Regular, positive, creative activity focuses on:

  • Preventing mental health crisis
  • Building strategies to build and maintain good mental health and wellbeing
  • Increasing social connectedness and reducing loneliness
  • Reducing non-elective admissions and emergency admissions related to mental health crisis

We know that mental illness has a direct impact on confidence and self-worth. High quality arts and cultural activity will be delivered weekly over two years in Mexborough, co-designed with local GPs, health partners and residents. Delivery partners will deliver blocks of regular, weekly activity for people to engage in. Activity includes a range of visual arts, theatre skills, music, history and performance.

We are working with an external evaluator to build a robust body of evidence to inform future commissioning and embed the model. This project will allow us to test and learn on a larger scale to develop a cohesive and proven approach that commissioners can embed in prevention and recovery pathways long term, whilst building the case for mainstream funding.