Flowers for Wellbeing

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D. announced on 22 May that over €1.2 million in grant funding will be awarded to projects that support Health and Wellbeing through Creativity.

The Creative Health and Wellbeing in the Community Scheme will deliver:

  • €756,360 from Creative Ireland to 11 Local Authority partnerships for arts and health projects in the community and HSE community and hospital settings.
  • An additional €265,133 funded as part of the Shared Island-dimension of the Creative Ireland programme for four Local Authority led cross-border arts and health partnerships across the island of Ireland.
  • All 15 projects are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups in areas such as social prescribing, children with chronic health conditions, end of life and bereavement, and positive ageing.

Each of these 15 projects will demonstrate how creativity promotes positive health and wellbeing. Projects span community choirs, creative storytelling, and creativity as part of holistic cardiovascular care. The all-island projects will place an emphasis on cross-community cultural and creative engagement to support collective wellbeing across all communities.

Live Music in Residential Healthcare Settings will deliver: 

  • €200,000 co-funded with the Department of Health for 11 Live Music in Residential Healthcare Settings projects.

Live Music Performances in Residential Healthcare Settings began during Covid and delivered 1800 concerts in nursing homes. These performances supported positive ageing, and provided creative engagement opportunities for older people who were socially isolated.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy have agreed to continue to support live music in residential healthcare facilities throughout 2024. This will be facilitated through the all-of-Government programmes in Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland in Cavan, Cork City, Donegal, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick (with Clare and Tipperary), Mayo, Meath, Monaghan and Wexford.


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