Adults and Health Directorate
The Adults and Health department at Leeds City Council co-ordinates public health activity and social support across the city. We believe wholeheartedly in the positive impact that the arts can have on people’s well-being. The department funds arts-based organisations on a long term basis as well as shorter bespoke projects, including theatre and dance projects and delivery of arts/craft sessions in local communities.
We also fund the arts within healthcare settings and care homes, recognising that for many people arts has a therapeutic effect and keeps people well for longer.
The department currently focusses upon supporting arts in communities that may experience barriers to accessing things like dance or theatre programmes. For example, we have funded Dazl Dance for many years, which works with young people in South Leeds and Hey Days – a project for older people run with The Leeds Playhouse. Through the Public Health community heath development project Better Together we also support everyday creativity through providing arts and craft sessions that people say they are keen to do.
“You sometimes think should I be feeling as happy as this, you know, having fun, …you feel better coming here…yeah, and I think if you’re feeling a bit shy it helps bring you out…I mean I’m doing things now in this that 10 years ago I would never, ever have done” (participant: Dancing in Time).
We are part of Arts Together because we believe that the arts is vital health & wellbeing – we want to make sure that everyone in Leeds has the same opportunity to benefit.
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People you may meet
I work as Chief Officer, Transformation and Innovation, but am particularly joining Arts Together in my role as Chair of Leeds Arts and Health & Wellbeing Network. A role that brings together my lifelong work and passion in Adult Social Care with my interest in creative arts, for which I am well known in Leeds, as someone who will go to the opening of a shoe box!
Hi, I’m Sarah and I work in Public Health. My job is focussed on ensuring that everyone in Leeds has the same opportunity to have good mental health and that they can access mental health support that meets their needs. I’m passionate about the positive impact that the arts has on individuals and communities. I’m a particular fan of all things literary and musical. Fun Fact: I’m part of team that puts on a community pantomime every Christmas – although you’ll usually find me backstage!
Hello my name is Holly and I’m passionate about creating connections with people and projects that make things better in Leeds. That’s why I’m Partnerships Development Manager in the Leeds Health Partnerships Team. My work is about bringing people together, collaborating around shared ambitions, with the purpose of improving health and wellbeing in the city. Fun fact: Aged 17, I was a film reviewer on the radio (and got time off school to do it – bonus!)