What we do
This South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) four-year arts programme is a partnership between in-patient clinical services for older adults with mental health problems and dementia, and cultural venues such as Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Cinema Museum, the Horniman Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery.
SLaM’s Journeys of Appreciation Programme (JOAP) has been running for two years and takes patients to visit and participate in museum and gallery workshops. Monthly outings include one-to-one support, and facilitated communication to help understanding of the individual. JOAP has been a catalyst for creative and cultural projects, partnerships and opportunities, and the enhancement of hospital environments and life-story work.
The initial evaluation and a Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment pilot project at Tate Modern found a mutual, enjoyable learning opportunity with a positive impact on participants, and which also boosts staff morale, confidence and positive risk-taking. The JOAP model is transferable and encourages interdisciplinary work between mental health and museum and gallery practitioners to share expertise and knowledge.
JOAP promotes recovery in a non-medical way and prepares service users for relearning life skills. And it brings joy.
Helen Kelsall, Clinical Service Manager, Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia, SLaM NHS Foundation Trust