There are many types of activity that can enhance health and wellbeing – from the visual arts to singing, dance and physical recreation. Here are some examples:
The Visual Arts: enhancing wellbeing
Participation in the visual arts can help enhance wellbeing, for example:
- Social enrichment and relationship building through doing art practices with others.
- Achievement and appreciation from completing an art project, or simply regularly attending art sessions.
- Using the intervention as a ‘stepping stone’ to taking part in other arts projects, or activities.
- A distraction or escape from stigma or the trials of day-to-day life.
- Doing and not talking, and establishing the basis of a new sense of identity when participants immerse themselves in a new and creative practice.
- Improved confidence.
- Identity gain – for instance, identifying people as members, not participants.
Music and Singing: creating wellbeing
Music and singing activities can enhance and maintain subjective wellbeing in adults with diagnosed conditions. Wellbeing is important as a goal in itself, for people to feel satisfied with their lives and experience, and feel connected to their community.
The strongest evidence surrounds music and singing for older people and includes effects of music, particularly singing, on morale, mental health-related quality of life, loneliness, anxiety and depression. There is also evidence for wellbeing outcomes of music and singing for specific sub groups including young adults, marginalised groups and people in justice settings. Outcomes for these groups include changes in mood, anxiety and sense of purpose.
Sport and Physical Activity: the wellbeing benefits of taking part
Evidence shows that taking part is associated with wellbeing improvements connected to:
- social connectedness
- sense of purpose
- interpersonal skills
- creative skills and expression
- aspiration and ambition
Barriers to Wellbeing
The objective of Torrington 100 is to help organisations and individuals overcome these barriers.