The Creative Well, a  participatory arts and health programme in County Kildare, has been announced as a finalist in the Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards in the ‘Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery – Community Based’ category.

The Creative Well was selected as a finalist from a pool of over 100 entries. The aim of the programme is to support health and wellbeing through the arts within local communities. Previous participants have remarked on how participation in this programme has added interest to their lives and also helped them to explore their own creativity.

The Creative Well is supported by Kildare County Council Arts Service, HSE Kildare West Wicklow Mental Health Services, HSE Health Promotion, Kildare County Mental Health Association, Kildare County Council Library Service and the Arts Council.

According to Arts Officer for Kildare County Council, Lucina Russell, ‘the local authority is delighted with the nomination for this worthy project. It is a testament to our commitment in the field of Arts and Health. The success of this programme is the effective partnership with HSE and the local Mental Health Association.’

The award ceremony is due to take place on Friday 10 May at The Clyde Court Hotel, Dublin.

For further information about the Creative Well programme see

Or contact Kildare County Council Arts Service: | 045-448328

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