Launch of new survey to map arts, culture, health and wellbeing activity across the UK

Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS) are delighted to be collaborating with Nesta, on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), and the Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network (WAHWN) to get a national picture of arts, culture, health and wellbeing. If you are involved in the management or delivery of arts, culture, health and wellbeing projects or services in the UK, please support the project by participating here. We have also provided more detailed information with Q&A’s below. Thank you for your support.


Who’s asking? The information is being collected by Nesta, on behalf of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), Arts Culture Health and Wellbeing Scotland (ACHWS) and the Wales Arts, Health & Wellbeing Network (WAHWN). We are not collecting names or e-mail addresses and it will not be possible to identify individual respondents from any resulting reports.

What’s this for? We want this exercise to be of use to you, in 3 ways.

  1. Honing the support on offer to you: Your response will help CHWA, ACHWS and WAHWN to understand their membership so that they can better tailor their activities to your needs.
  2. Getting a national picture of this work: Your answers will be anonymised, aggregated and shared back to you, to help you understand how you fit within the ecosystem of culture, health and wellbeing work.  The aggregated results will also be shared publicly to help others understand the national picture of culture, health and wellbeing activity (it will not be possible to identify individual respondents from this). 
  3. Covid-19: This survey will help to shape, and advocate for, the support on offer to you in the coming weeks and months – both during and beyond the pandemic.

The collective membership of CHWA, ACHWS and WAHWN is over 4,000, so this is a unique opportunity to gather the true picture of this work that is very dispersed and, we believe, often undervalued.

What are you asking? We are asking about your location, culture/art form, the broad aims of your work with respect to health and wellbeing, and operational information including the type of organisation you are and how the work you do is funded.

In particular, funding information will greatly help us establish the true national and regional picture of this work.  We understand this is sensitive information, so we have deliberately simplified funding categories: we are not asking you to name specific funding relationships or give your annual turnover, profit/loss, salaries or artist rates.  If you only feel able to give estimates, please do so.

This should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. There are around 40 questions, all tick-box or short answers. All responses are anonymous and are hugely valuable, so thank you for taking the time to do this.

The survey will close for responses at 9am on Monday 11 May 2020. Results will be made available by CHWA, ACHWS and WAHWN as soon as possible after this, by the end of May 2020.


If you are based in England, please also consider filling in CHWA’s separate diversity survey. CHWA are asking this to help ensure they are creating an alliance that is truly representative of practice and research in this area.   

Thank you

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