Oswestry HEP Crisis and Creativity

Oswestry Health Equality Partnership (HEP) Crisis and Creativity is a pilot project. It aims to reduce and prevent mental health crisis by providing support and non-clinical interventions to people in the Oswestry area who are experiencing poor mental health and who may also use drugs and /or alcohol.

The pilot is looking at how arts and creativity can be used to support recovery as part of a non-clinical pathway.

The project set up a community hub, the Shropshire Sanctuary, for people with mental health conditions within Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Here people can go to get support as well as join a range of activities that promotes and maintain health and wellbeing. The funding for this hub was provided by NHS England through the HEP Programme.

Oswestry HEP Crisis and Creativity is open to anyone aged 18+ who have mental health needs, including those known to services in crisis.

This sits alongside the current services provided by Calm Cafe.

This video shows the service through our residents perspective. It highlights the ‘on the ground’ benefits of an integrated approach to health and care when it comes to reducing health inequalities.


  • Daily drop-in (six days a week)
  • Re-Connect a six week structured programme to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Designs in Mind a 10 week creative arts programme, building skills and confidence in a range of art techniques which includes clay, paint and print
  • Smart Recovery a session weekly – peer led mutual aid drop-in

Activities in development

  • Music and singing
  • Social evening

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Page last updated 21 July 2022