Mutuality, wellbeing and mental health recovery: Exploring the roles of creative adult community learning and participatory arts initiatives

Project Overview

The aim of this study is to explore the ways in which creative practice and mutuality within adult community learning and community arts settings can help to achieve the sorts of emancipatory or empowering spaces, discourses and opportunities which support mental health recovery and wellbeing for a range of people involved.  The study is being conducted in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association and in collaboration with two London-based community arts projects.  Research methods include participant observation, interviews and focus groups.

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Further information regarding the Mutual Recovery Through Communities of Creative Connection project please visit the project website

Project Start Date: Wednesday 1st January 2014 Project End Date: Sunday 31st December 2017

Contact Information

Dr. Lydia Lewis
Centre for Developmental & Applied Research in Education (CeDARE)
School for Education Futures
University of Wolverhampton
Walsall campus
Gorway Road


Tel. 01902 323 251 


  • adult community learning
  • community arts

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