The Art & Social Change project wants to contribute to developing an innovative training programme aimed at strengthening transversal competences of health staff working with people in recovery from substance misuse and dual diagnosis.

Our Work

Art & Social Change is establishing a series of interdisciplinary groups composed of:
  • artists
  • health professionals and 
  • people in long term recovery 
to explore the impact of the arts to deliver better quality services, with increased capacity to establish and create empathetic environments centred around collective relationship development that support equality of voice.

The project group intends to explore how art has been used successfully in addiction recovery and develop training to increase: 

  • awareness of
  • engagement with, and
  • accessibility to such support.

We believe in embedding an action learning approach that can support health workers as well as improve outcomes for people in recovery, and in the process challenge misconceptions that contribute to stigmas.

We are particularly keen to amplify the messages emerging from the ‘Recoverist’ movement in the UK and develop training to inform and support health care professionals, building on successful pilot work in Italy.

  • The Art and Social Change educational frame and the training guide: Two sides of the same coin

    After successful testing of the Art and Social Change training approach, partners believe that the innovative educational concept will be used beyond the partnership context and find its way to a wide audience for sustainable use. 

    Piloting has shown that art in education can contribute to reach at least the main objectives that we had established for our project: Develop creativity, individual satisfaction, reduction of excessive stress and change of perspective and improvement of understanding at the workplace, respect and communication in the relationship between medical staff and recoverists. And we are convinced that the potentials are wider.           

    A condition for the successful project implementation has been the close and fruitful cooperation of the German and Italian partners from the beginning, responsible for the pedagogical concept and the training implementation plan, respectively.  The project allowed a common learning at both sites with a European dimension that involved the other project partners and will have a longer lasting impact. The continuous exchange has been always stimulating and efficient, leading to better understanding and allowed transfer of practical experience into a practice related theory and vice versa. The cooperation has led to continuous improvement and adaptations of the educational frame that have been broken down and mirrored afterwards in the training programme. Therefore, both outputs, IO3 and IO4, have to be regarded and explored together, like two sides of a coin.

    The pedagogical frame will help to develop a general understanding of the innovative approach while the programme will help further users to find guidance and examples for practical implementation.


    Gerd Zimmer

    Nuccia Cammara

    Elisa Fulco

    The country specific plans devised from these outputs are now available here:

    Posted 12 Feb 2019, 02:46 by Art & Social Change
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