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Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group

A strategic partner for the centre, the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group support the development of research activities through both funding, advocacy and brokering partnerships. LCCG are currently funding the Arts for the Blues research project for delivering creative psychological interventions in NHS and community services. They will also be supporting a future NIHR bid to develop this study further.

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The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

The Arts Centre is the focal point of cultural activity at Edge Hill University campus with a programme of high-profile comedy, music and performance, professional theatre and dance, and a diverse range of films, including National Theatre and RSC Live productions.

Leading figures from the arts and creative industries, science and politics regularly deliver talks on campus, sharing their experiences with students and the local community. The Arts Centre also have strong partnerships with theatres, galleries and festivals throughout the North West which provide opportunities to access a host of cultural experiences.

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Everyman Playhouse

Two theatres with a mission to inspire, reflect aspirations and concerns of audiences and fuel civic pride. Both venues create and receive forward thinking theatre, as well as having an award-winning youth arts programme, Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP).

Progressive Social Change reflects the theatres’ purpose in the city region and is the nucleus of the organisation. Priorities include:

  • Healthy Creative Lives for All : developing as a dual purpose city centre theatre and Life Room (a community hub for all including adults signposted from NHS mental health services which is a place of sanctuary, creative learning, recovery, health and wellbeing)
  • Inspiring young people and families, involving the development of a story and literacy programme for children, sustaining Young Everyman Playhouse involving 600 young people and development of educational partnerships.

The Everyman Playhouse Creativity and Social Change team are part of the Artistic Team at the theatres. They cherish creativity in the community, supporting people from first engagement, through artist development or the development of new work, to being part of the artistic programme.

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Mind mental health charity (Tameside, Oldham and Ashton)

Mind are a key partner for the Arts for the Blues study. Currently workshops and longer interventions are planned for adults with depression. See for more information.

Special Educational Needs schools

With thanks to the following schools who have hosted our intervention programmes, provided venues and access to research participants. 

Abbot’s Lea School, Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool L25 6EE

Chatsworth High School & Community College, Chastworth road, Eccles, Manchester M30 9DY

University of Salford

Dr Joanna Omylinska-Thurston and Dr Scott Thurston at the University of Salford are a core part of the Arts for the Blues team.

We work closely with the University of Salford to collaborate on research projects, events and training under the Arts for the Blues umbrella.