Healing Expressive and Recovery Arts Project

The HERA arts project at WellBN is a network of programmes using the arts and creative practices that enhance the quality of life, health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and community.

We provide access to high-quality arts activity to people. These activities are specifically designed to improve the functional health and wellbeing of participants whether they are suffering from physical or mental illness or a combination of both.

We are happy to take referrals to the programme for anyone who lives with one or more long-term health conditions (physical/mental) - and you can refer yourself directly. This programme receives funding from Brighton & Hove City Council to ensure anyone in the city who might benefit can access it. The contact details are at the bottom of this page.

HERA receives Arts Council England funding for new work in under-supported communities

The Robin Hood Health Foundation is delighted to announce that it has received a three-year offer of funding from Arts Council England to work in new communities across the south and east of England.

Health care systems in at least six areas of high health inequalities and low engagement in arts & culture will benefit from new help from the HERA Connect programme to develop professionally-led creative activities for people living with long-term health and wellbeing conditions.

The evidence shows that getting involved in creative arts – whether painting, music, writing, photography, dance or other art forms – gives many health benefits, from better breathing and mobility, to boosted immunity and faster healing, and improved mood and confidence. It is also known that people taking part need fewer GP appointments and are less likely to need to go to hospital.

HERA Connect will run to March 2026, and we are already holding talks with NHS Primary Care partners about this exciting new offer for patients and hard-pressed health care staff.

About Hera

The Hera Project has been running successfully in Brighton & Hove since 2014, and we set up the Robin Hood Health Foundation charity in 2016 as a result of rapid growth. We are based at the WellBN GP practice, and receive referrals from across the city. We are funded by Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, the NHS, public donations and trusts & foundations.

We train a wide range of professional creatives to work with people experiencing long-term health challenges, and support over 1000 individuals each year through our various programmes, mainly adults. Our youngest participants are teenagers, and our oldest so far has been 96. As we work in primary care, we see a very wide range of physical and mental health conditions, and we evaluate our impact using validated tools, which show:

Our work falls under the heading of ‘Social Prescribing’, one of the personalised care pillars of the NHS 10 Year Plan. Social Prescribing:


General Enquiries and Referrals: contact@robinhoodhealth.org 01273 712175

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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