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Arts for Health

Art at Alder HeyThe Trust runs a varied and dynamic arts for health programme which has been at the forefront of pioneering innovative approaches to using the arts in paediatric healthcare

Our arts programmes are inspired by our patients and led by them. We use the broadest range of participatory arts possible to engage our patients and support their wellbeing and recovery, from dance to digital art, poetry to performance and from music to storytelling.

We work in partnership with a wide range of arts organisations who are all committed to providing the best of arts practice for children and young people whilst in hospital. Our collaborators include Tate Liverpool, Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology, The Comedy Trust, Small Dance Things Dance Collective, Live Music Now,DadaFest, MDI, Twin Vision and Manchester Metropolitan University Arts for Health Department.

The Arts for Health has won the prestigious ‘NHS England Excellence in Participation Award 2014: Children and Young People’ at the Healthcare Innovation Expo in Manchester. This was awarded for our innovative dance programme, a collaboration with Small Things Dance Company. More information about this programme can be found in the section Information for Families.


The Arts for Health programme is funded entirely through charitable sources, and is generously supported by Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

We are also fortunate to have received funding for our many projects from a number of external organisations: these include Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards for All, Youth Music Foundation, Wills Charitable Trust, the Big Lottery Fund, The People’s Project, The Hemby Trust and Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity. We are also grateful to the many individual donors who support our programme.

If you would like to support our Arts programme, please contact the Alder Hey Children’s Charity on 0151 252 5716.

Further information 

Please email Vicky Charnock, Arts Coordinator at

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