- Connect – with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours
- Be active – walk, run, garden, dance
- Take notice – be curious, reflect on experiences
- Keep learning – try something new
- Give – doing something for others
- Care – planet care for its sustainability
LV21 is the lead arts organisation working in close partnership with Kent Equality Cohesion Council and The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre across Gravesham as part of the county wide Six Ways To Wellbeing programme, funded by Kent County Council, with investment from Artswork and the Royal Opera House Bridge.
The aim of this innovative programme is to raise awareness of the Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign and increase participation in the arts amongst young people aged 13 to 19 (up to 25 years for Special and Educational Needs), their families or carers and the wider population across the region.
Through FREE arts workshops and cultural activities, our partnership encourages participants to identify and adopt daily creative activities that will maintain and improve their mental wellbeing.
We work with a variety of arts partners across artforms and young people to deliver this unique programme of developing Youth Wellbeing Champions; creating exciting new pieces of performing and visual arts to highlight the Six Ways of Wellbeing and support young participants to achieve Arts Award.
The programme was launched with a series of taster sessions at major outdoor festivals in Gravesham during summer 2014 and collaboration between illustrator Mark Barnes and workshop participants resulted in the creation of the 6WTW Superheroes. These characters encourage young people to connect, be more active, take notice of their surroundings and people around them, keep learning by gaining new arts skills and trying something new, give by helping others, taking part in community activities and volunteering and care for the planet with the focus on reuse and recycling to create new artwork.
The programme continues with FREE workshops facilitated by number of artists, including Same Sky and Wheely Groovy, throughout autumn at the Grand, local schools and youth settings across Gravesham to create more Six Ways To Wellbeing inspired artwork and performances. We’re also highlighting what a happy place Gravesham is by collecting 5000 Happy Thoughts from local residents of all ages. All outcomes will be celebrated and shared with a wider audience at the Gravesham Christmas Lights Switch On Parade on Fri 14 November and a 6WTW exhibition in December.
If you’d like to get involved please contact us. Whether you’re a young person, an organisation working with young people or a school based in Gravesham we’d like to hear from you. This is your chance to join in, boost your wellbeing through fun activity, make new connections, become a Wellbeing Champion and even gain an optional Arts Award qualification! And it’s all absolutely free!!
For further information on the Six Ways to Wellbeing please visit the Live it Well website.
Meet the Superheroes
Illustrations by Mark Barnes
Fusion Launch Image Gallery