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.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week 20-26 May 2024

A festival of Creative Health across the UK.

Over this week Helix Arts will bring a range of creative workshops and opportunities to help improve your wellbeing. Join us for mindful art or movement on the beach, take part in our new Here to There sessions or join our Better Connect Programme.


Better Connect: Ceramics with Megan Randall

Thurs 23rd May, 1-3pm, North Shields Library

Better Connect: Printing with Theresa Easton

Fri 24th May, 10am – 12noon, Wallsend Library

To book for any of the sessions please email or call 0191 2414931


To find out more about Better Connect, Creative Health programme in North Tyneside visit Better Connect: Creative Health Programme – Helix Arts

To find out more about Here to There creative walks and talks programme (Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside visit Here to There – Helix Arts

To find out more about what else is on during Creativity and Wellbeing week in the North East visit North East – Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Family Animation Workshops

Dates: Saturdays starting again from 8 June – 13 July 2024
Venue: Sporting Wallsend, Wallsend Boys Club, NE28 8SX

Session 1: 10.15am – 12.15 (Fully booked)
Session 2: 1.00-3.00pm (Spaces available)

Please contact 0191 2414931 for details on availability.

Join animator Sheryl Jenkins in weekly fun, stop motion animation workshops for families. Spend time as a family developing animation skills and building imagination, confidence and creativity for better health and wellbeing.

Family sessions (suitable for age 7+).

Sessions are free, light refreshments include. Sessions are Funded by Arts Council England for HelixArts Arts & Health Programme.

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

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.