Better Connect: Creative Health Programme

September 2023 - ongoing

Better Connect is an arts and health programme for residents living and working in North Tyneside.

Better Connect by Carl Joyce

Better Connect is Helix Arts’ creative health programme offering regular arts sessions and creative opportunities across North Tyneside that improve health and wellbeing

Better Connect is our creative health programme for North Tyneside. It is built on our previous arts and health work developed during 2021. We will be running a long-term programme of regular arts sessions and creative opportunities to support and improve health and wellbeing for people across the borough.

Exploring everyday creativity, the sessions will help people connect with others, create time for self care and self-expression, share stories in safe, non-judgemental spaces, and support people to live happier, healthier, more creative lives.

Family Stop Motion Animation Workshops

Saturdays 3 February – 16 March 2024

Join animator Robin Webb in weekly fun, stop motion animation workshops, to help young people develop their imagination, animation skills, confidence and creativity.

Family sessions (suitable for age 7+).

Creative Sessions for Carers

Ceramic Decoration with Megan Randall
Friday 9 February 10am – 12noon
Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, NE28 8JR


Decorate and collage a ceramic mug with beautiful ceramic decal images and patterns, reflecting memories of your favourite place.

Inspiration collage with Josie Brooks
Friday 16 February 10am – 12 noon
Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, NE28 8JR

Channel your hopes and motivations for 2024 into a creative collage inspiration board, exploring the power of colour, images, textures and words to boost your mood and focus.

Workshops are free, no experience necessary and refreshments are included.

Spaces must be booked in advance.

To find out more information or to book contact or phone 0191 2419431

Weekly Creative Wellbeing Sessions

Join Helix Arts’ weekly creative sessions, led by a professional artist, to improve health and wellbeing in North Tyneside. Explore printing, book making, sketchbook journaling, ceramics and more. Attend every week or when you can, please register for place on the sessions.

For adults age 18+, no experience necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursdays starting 15 February – 25 April 2024 / 1-3pm
North Shields Library & Customer First Centre, NE30 1QU

To book

Learn, with artist Megan Randall, to create and glaze beautiful ceramic items to “store memories or happy moments”. All ceramics will be taken away and fired during the sessions.

Fridays starting 16 February – 3 May 2024 / 10am-12 noon
Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, NE28 8JR

To book:

Learn the art of printmaking and handmade books with artist Theresa Easton. Explore journaling, sketchbook making, lino, screen and letterpress printing to express your thoughts and feelings through your own unique artwork.

Megan Randall

Well Spring Half Term Creative sessions for young people aged 6-12

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 February 2024
10.00am – 12.15pm and 1.15pm – 3.30pm
Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, Wallsend, NE28 8GR

To book:

Half term holiday, creative wellbeing workshops, for young people aged 6-12.
Take part and have fun this half term in relaxed, fun visual arts and drumming sessions. Sessions are supported by a youth worker.

All workshops are free, no experience necessary. Light refreshments are included.


Tuesday 20 February, 10am – 12.15, “Things we Love” Collage with Sally Anderson (SESSION FULL)

Tuesday 20 February, 1.15 – 3.30pm, Drumming with Simon Wood (SESSION FULL)

Tuesday 20 February, 1.15 – 3.30pm, “Mindful Pattern” Collage with Sally Anderson (SPACES AVAILABLE)

Wednesday 21  February, 10am – 12.15, Mini world diorama models and puppets with Emma Sheridan (1 SPACE AVAILABLE)

Wednesday 21  February,  1.15 – 3.30pm, Ceramics with Megan Randall (SESSION FULL)

Collage artwork from a workshop with Sally Anderson

Watch our film from Better Connect - our social prescription programme from 2021

Want to get involved?

If you would like to find out more, get involved as a partner, volunteer or refer someone to the programme please contact Alex.


Alexandra Marsden

Arts & Health Manager

0191 241 4931

020 4537 0730

Thanks to our Project Funders

This programme is funded by Arts Council England.