Arts Well has been awarded £25,000 via the Cornwall Community Foundation.

The Cornwall-based CIC, known for tackling health and social inequalities using arts and culture to promote wellbeing, will utilise the funding to support its work with Community Hubs.

These hubs are strategically situated in the heart of communities, providing support, socialisation, and activity venues.

The grant is set to cushion some of Arts Well's costs, including those tied to Community Hub projects.

Arts Well UK CIC's programme coordinator, Vicki Bampfield-Hammond said: "We are extremely grateful to the VCSE Health Improvement Fund for their grant of £25,000 which will help towards meeting some of the core costs of our charity and Community Hub based programme."

She believes the hubs address gaps in provision, strengthening health and care pathways, and promoting better lifestyle choices.

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Ms Bampfield-Hammond added: "Community Hubs serve everyone, especially those experiencing multiple health issues and facing challenging circumstances to their health and wellbeing.

"With the support of this grant, Arts Well will deliver many positive changes such as: improved mental health; reduced loneliness and isolation and an increased uptake of other community activities."

An external assessor positively acknowledged Arts Well’s grant application, noting the impact of their free wellbeing sessions in improving mental and physical health.

They also praised the strong relationships Arts Well has fostered with the eight partner community hubs, as well as the organisation's use of research to improve their work.

Sophie Griffiths, fund development manager for Cornwall Community Foundation said: "It was such a pleasure to meet the Arts Well team and learn more about their creative health and wellbeing workshops.

"These creative activities will make a huge difference to communities across Cornwall, helping to improve wellbeing and reduce feelings of isolation.

"I’m delighted we can support health creation projects such as this through the Health Improvement Fund."