• Jane Povey

    Creative Inspiration Shropshire is a social business (community interest company), established in 2014.

    OUR SOCIAL MISSION is to grow individual and collective wellbeing and resilience in Shropshire through creative arts. We do so by providing high quality participatory creative arts programmes in care homes, hospitals, mental health services, community centres and schools in order to reach the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community.

    OUR WIDER VISION is to evolve a grass roots and replicable model for social prescribing and community resilience. Our approach is rooted in the community, connecting, inspiring and enabling individuals to thrive and communities to flourish despite what life throws at them.The wider work includes arts for health and other approaches, eg, heritage, museums, physical activity, lifelong learning, ecological, social, advice and guidance.

    OUR SOCIAL PRESCRIBING NETWORK is evolving to connect those in our community interested in accessing, delivering or facilitating social prescribing. Linking with regionals and national social prescribing networks we are shaping strategy and policy locally and nationally.

  • Creative Inspiration Shropshire

Creative Inspiration Shropshire is a social business (community interest company) established by Dr Jane Povey in 2014 with the aim of connecting, inspiring and enabling wellbeing and resilience in our community.

Our social mission is to grow individual and collective wellbeing and resilience in Shropshire through creative arts. We do so by providing high quality participatory creative arts programmes in care homes, hospitals, schools and community centres in order to reach the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community.

Our wider mission is to evolve a replicable model for social prescribing and community resilience. Our approach is rooted in the community, connecting, inspiring and enabling individuals to thrive and communities to flourish despite what life throws at them. We do this through partnerships and commissions,facilitating approaches aligned to The 5 Ways to Wellbeing ( New Economic Foundation 2008): connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. The wider work includes art for health and other approaches, eg, leisure, physical activity, lifelong learning, heritage, ecological.

Jane Povey


Each programme is tailored to the need of participants and evaluated through outcome measures relating to benefits to the participants ( within categories of connect, wellbeing and resilience) and to funders ( health, care, educational and other)as demonstrated by threory of change. In this way we are demonstrating the necessary impact to evolve the sustainablity of our vision and social mission.

Through this approach we are growing a tribe of likeminded people and organisations in and beyond Shropshire, contributing to a social movement to grow community resilience through creative and collaborative means and facilitating the evolution of social prescribing strategy and policy.

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New Economics Foundation 5 Ways to Wellbeing 2008

Our Approach

There is a significant evidence base around the benefits of arts for health, for example for people with dementia, long term conditions or disabilities and mental health problems. Creativity enables us to tap into the individual, their memories and their abilities with the impact of improving their mood, self- esteem, confidence and engagement with the world and thereby reducing isolation and growing wellbeing and resilience. Arts for health is core to what we do but increasingly we are also working with partners around other approaches to growing wellbeing and resiilience in line with our wider mission to evolve a model for social prescribing.

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Our Values

Personal wellbeing and resilience is vital to being able to flourish whatever life throws at us. Creative Inspiration Shropshire recognises that there are many creative opportunities on offer to support individuals and groups to grow and maintain wellbeing and resilience but they often don’t reach the most vulnerable and isolated in our community.

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Our Approach

There is a significant evidence base around the benefits of arts for health, for example for people with dementia, long term conditions or disabilities and mental health problems. Creativity enables us to tap into the individual, their memories and their abilities with the impact of improving their mood, self- esteem, confidence and engagement with the world and thereby reducing isolation and growing wellbeing and resilience.

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Our Story

Dragon's Den

My Dragon’s Den pitch for SSE - I have been living in Shropshire for 20yrs, bringing up a family, working as a GP and medical manager and enjoying music as my hobby.

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What?

In order to achieve our mission of “growing individual and collective wellbeing and resilience in Shropshire through the creative arts” I started to gather a tribe of participants,

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How?

I started by exploring what was already going on locally and nationally and discovered a wealth of brilliant programmes and organisations.

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