The value of the arts in improving health and wellbeing has been consistenly underestimated.
of homeless people in England classify as lonely
of homeless people in England report that they have mental health issues, while 45% have a mental health diagnosis
(in comparison to 23% of the general population)
9 out of 10
homelessness professionals in England rank ‘improving the physical and mental health of clients’ as their top priority
of people in deprived communities in London enjoyed greater wellbeing after engaging with the arts
The arts should be used more extensively in preventative and restorative strategies and fully integrated into health and social services in ways that would alleviate some of the pressures on them.
£4 - £11
A social return on investment of between £4 and £11 has been calculated for every £1 invested in participatory arts & wellbeing projects
Research shows that active involvement in arts projects can boost self-esteem and resilience, while reducing social isolation and exclusion, thereby having a profoundly positive impact on overall wellbeing.
We are committed to creating genuine impact for participants and client organisations.
We measure participants' wellbeing at the beginning and end of our projects, as well as holding interviews and focus groups with clients, staff members and external professionals to explore and understand their experiences of our work. We will use this feedback and data to improve the work that Untold does in the future, and to demonstrate the efficacy of arts-based interventions in the homelessness and mental health sectors.