Many organisations understand that the arts offer a vehicle for engagement that can bring about attitudinal changes and wider health benefits. Agencies who wish to enhance their provision but lack in-house skills and resources engage Arty-Folks in different ways specific to their aims. We have worked with the following organizations to engage their clients in open days, consultations, and confidence building projects.

The Coventry Mental Health Provider Forum is chaired by Coventry MIND and Arty-Folks was appointed Vice-Chair on 24.9.2013. The forum includes the following providers: Assist, Cyrenians, Coventry Refugee Centre, Mental Health Matters, Rethink, Coventry Carers Centre, AIMHS, Tamarind Centre, VAC, Sahil, Coventry Irish Centre, and Aquarius. Arty-Folks has worked in partnership with the forum for many years in a commitment to work together to ensure a united service provider response to major issues which affect the sector.

We are a member of Voluntary Action Coventry and we contribute to Health & Social Care Forum, which aims to promote partnership working between the voluntary and statutory sectors in the field of health and social care.

Arty-Folks is a full member of the Here2Help Consortium that aims to provide a new way for local voluntary organisations to work with the local authority and statutory agencies to deliver cost-effective services for the people of Coventry. The consortium will enable smaller local voluntary organisations such as Arty-Folks to work collaboratively and tender together to compete more effectively against larger, national commercial organisations, thus helping to keep a strong local provider base in the city, close to Coventry’s communities.

Coventry Artspace is an independent art facility that cultivates engaging visual art practice in the city and it currently provides the Arts Development Service on behalf of Coventry City Council. Through this association we support the professional development of service users who wish to build a career in the arts. Arty-Folks receive advice, guidance, and access to resources and practical information relating to the visual arts, and benefits by being intrinsically linked into the cultural sector.

MyGrist is a sophisticated clinical decision support system for mental-health risk screening, assessment, and management developed by Professor Ann Adams, Principal Research Fellow, Warwick University Medical School, in collaboration with Professor Christopher Buckingham, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Aston University. MyGrist provides a self-assessment tool for members of the public to use that promotes collaboration between clinicians and service-users. Its aim is to improve the detection and effective management of suicide risk within primary care and the community. Arty-Folks are currently working with them to improve the service users’ experience of MyGrist.