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We work through client- centred and co- productive methodologies, we place the people we work with at the centre of everything we do.


Summary 

Director, Belinda Sosinowicz, is a multi-skilled professional with a 20-year superb track record of designing, managing & evaluating complex high profile arts & health based projects in various environments . She has devised and produced interventions, leading to publications, conducts research projects and is a trainer. She has an MSC in Applied Positive Psychology, Ma Design, Licensed Dementia Care Mapper, Foundation diploma in Art Psychotherapy and trained in Open Space facilitation

Belinda Sosinowicz, Pgdip MA, MSc

Art, Wellbeing & Engagement Consultant CV
www.tapartsproject.co.uk
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Profile
A multi-skilled professional with an 18-year superb track record of managing complex functional arts & health based projects in various environments. Able to manage stakeholder expectations and place the client/ service user at the centre. Belinda is willing to take full responsibility for delivering project objectives on time and to budget. A Positive Psychologist with a design background she is a highly skilled at creative strategic programme design and implementation underpinned by science, and is an experienced facilitator, artist and trainer herself. She is driven by the desire to address social exclusion and sustainability and has the ability to look at things from a different perspective to others, helping move things forward.

Key Competencies
Approaches include: Training and mentoring; participation, facilitation, co production and peer led; whole systems and creative participatory appraisal methods; bringing applied psychology to life through art; uses a wide breadth of arts based practice and partnerships with artists and art institutions.

Developing and running multiple creative and arts based interventions based programmes underpinned by scientific evidence (in particular positive psychology) with robust evaluation frameworks; recruiting, employing & supervising artists to run workshops; development of training and mentoring programmes; Especially skilled improving: wellbeing, motivation, self-esteem, optimism, happiness, applied strengths, resilience (including positive aging), community cohesion, and building meaningful and fulfilling lives.

• Use of own creativity to develop innovative packages, collaborates extensively with associates, such as theatre groups, actors, visual artists, designers, musicians, audio, dancers, writers/ poets, film/ photographers and media artists
• Expert use of democratic & engagement processes and tools
 that address equality and diversity inclusion, such as Participatory Action Research, IPA, AI, Open Space, World Cafe, Strengths based, Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessments, Participatory Appraisal, Quality of Life assessments and subsequent interventions
• Ability to set up training programmes, community learning & involvement for multiple diverse users
• Wellbeing event management includes developing and delivering complex mental health campaigns through art
• Ability to work empathetically with people who have severe & complex mental health needs
• Creating sustainable networks
• Ability to devise and implement robust measurement systems in qualitative and quantitive analysis. Excellent document & report writing skills
• Demonstrated ability to work with and support cross- functional project teams, with multiple agencies, teams and individuals in the NHS, social and care system
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and under pressure
• Strong attention to detail and task completion
• Ability to respond to challenges and overcome them with minimum disruption and sensitivity
• Ability to manage large and small budgets successfully (£2000- £150,000)

Personal Attributes
• Team leader capable of motivating staff and good team member able to respond to directives
• Ability to get on with people at all levels and develop strong relationships
• Excellent understanding and empathetic strengths
• Awareness of the complexity of mental health needs
• Ability to inspire others and encourage aspiration and purpose in life
• Strategic ability to develop relationships with groups to form sustainable networks
• Gentle and appropriate design and delivery of programmes for vulnerable people

Belinda is Managing Director of Trust Art Project, a founder Director of the London Arts in Health Forum, former creative co-Director for Emergence and co- director for Agency for Life. She has lectured extensively with UAL, UCLH and British Association of Art Therapists. She has an Honours degree and MA in Textile design, a Pgdip in Art Psychotherapy and an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology.

Key Strategic Roles and Project Management

2013- current Arts and Health Cordinator
Age Exchange
Co ordinating a research project for people with dementia.
Pioneering initiative that will model future provision of Reminiscence Arts in Care

  • As wellbeing and arts manager, is project managing a high profile 3-year mixed methods research project investigating the impact of a reminiscence arts intervention on the wellbeing of people affected by dementia & care staff (RADIQL) Working across 12 care homes, 2 community hubs (Lambeth & Southwark, London) with intensive staff training with Guy’s and St Thomas Foundation Trust, Kings College University & Oxleas NHS Trust. As well as shaping and managing the project, Belinda is managing 2 teams of researchers from RHUL , a quantitative design and ethnographical arts design methods, as well as running her own qualitative research within the project, including observations and interviews with clients, staff and artists to assess impact and exhilaration. She is also developing the intervention towards potential validation, as well as building a resilience programme to support the wellbeing of artists working on this project. Funded by Guys and Thomas’s Charity (£600,000). http://www.age-exchange.org.uk/news_events/index.html#top

2013-14  Family Learning

Wandsworth Council & Gravney School

  • Researched, designed, delivered & evaluated an arts based series of family learning talks & workshops to improve child/ adolescent wellbeing

2012- 2014 Guest Lecturer: Arts and Wellbeing

University of East London MSC Applied Positive Psychology MAPP

2013. UN Public Policy Document: Recommendations for a New Happiness Based Paradigm

  • Researched, wrote and provided recommendations for the chapter on ecological diversity and wellbeing  

2013 Housebound Arts with Polkington Trust, for older people with sight loss

  • Project Designer and co- coordinator
  • Setting up, designing and delivery of an innovative housebound arts Intervention Service for older people isolated through loss of sight and/ or complex sensory impairment in own home settings to improve social interaction & increase wellbeing. The interventions will be based on validated Positive Psychology Interventions designed to work with positive ageing& reminiscence.
  • Duties: Design & implementation of arts service, home visits and employment of specialist artists in different media, collaborating with multi disciplinary team and GP’s. Design and implementation of measurement exploring improvements in self- esteem and depression
  • (In Development pending funding)

2013 Flourishing 2013!

Participation Agency http://tiny.cc/vj0krw

  • Project Co- Designer and facilitator: A series of workshops designed for the voluntary sector, the aim is to re-energise people, especially those finding the climate de-motivating. A chance to meet people and discuss new ideas, facilitated by experts in engagement. Apart from invigorating, dynamic discussion and the opportunity to connect with others in similar roles and situations, the events are designed to give some tools to use in everyday work, and keep the spark alight!
  • 2011- date: PSW for Marie- Curie http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/news/showfull/staged_reading_at_the_house_of_lords
  • http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/news/showfull/young_people_and_transition (For a full report of the project)
  • Programme Creative Engagement lead
  • Duties: Developing and delivering creative collaborative projects and coaching to engage young people with life threatening illnesses in transition. Working with a team as part of a major research project and campaign. Included participatory appraisal to collect ideas on the development of the project, developing a play/ staged reading (read at the House of Lords by the young people) both developed with the young people’s life stories and 1-1 arts career development coaching; working with designers to create an Innovative on- line game design based on the stories http://youtu.be/GS0w0VwLHUk

2011- Date: Agency for Life LTD http://agencyforlife.wordpress.com/about/

  • Co- Director: Established in April 2011, Agency for Life provides Practical Life and Occupational Coaching; courses and programmes to improve wellbeing and resilience for individuals, groups and organizations. Clients include
  • 2012- current: Resilience Building training for women under 50 including confidence through Strengths & stress coping workshops to improve low energy, increasing employment opportunities & zest for life
  • 2011: Unilever PLC & AVIVA
  • Mood Expert: “Inside Out”: Achieving Optimum Levels of Personal Wellbeing: Developing intervention programmes to raise mood, for an on-line coaching tool. Interface project designing coaching method and resources. Worked with AVIVA staff co hort to pilot the site.

2011- date: Transition Towns http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/news/showfull/building_community_wellbeing_and_resilience

  • current co- chair
  • Project Lead: Designing and delivering positive resilience and sustainability interventions with large urban communities and Transition Towns (Wandsworth, London). Includes wellbeing events DIY Happiness, pop up kindness, strengths based sessions

2011: South London and Maudsley NHS Trust- MWIA (mental wellbeing impact assessment)

  • http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/case_studies/showfull/mental_wellbeing_impact_assessments
  • Co- designing a toolkit for use with young people and children- peer -led consultation on understanding and measuring well being and mood, developing use and understanding of MWIA

2011: User Voice -n partnership with Participation Agency http://publicserviceworks.com/participation-agency
Project Lead: Working with young people on a national consultation campaign about youth crime. Development and delivery of Open Space training and large event in Parliament with 30 young offenders

2011: Action For Happiness
Co website writer, with special reference to writing optimism interventions for public use

2009- 2011: Well London, The Big Lottery, and The London Mayor http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/case_studies/showfull/well_london:_be_creative_be_well
Programme Director: A Well London Be Creative Be Well, Lambeth SOA project. Design and delivery of a multiple, complex ‘whole estate’ creative programme and events to engage 2000 residents and enhance well being. Innovative qualitative evaluation strategy.

2006- 2012: Emergence Plus ltd CIC http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/case_studies/showfull/emergence:_n2xw
http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/news/showfull/voices_from_both_sides_of_the_fence_film_screening_Y0y8
http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/case_studies/showfull/emergence:_o5tf
Creative co – Director and National Arts Manager: Involved in co founding the CiC, Co developing and implementing creative strategies, multiple projects, campaigns and events. Included- partnerships and events at Tate Modern, major arts and wellbeing event in Yorkshire and Humber, and a large wellbeing and arts programme for the London, East Anglia and Eastern regions. Use of art in recovery and participation building long-term resilience in people. Developing realistic and meaningful learning networks and pathways

2005- 2011: Lambeth PCT www.springforwardartstrail.com
Programme Director: Working with NHS Lambeth and SLAM designing and delivering the borough wellbeing strategy (Spring forward- programmed) which engages directly with artists, community and voluntary organizations, to commission and promote creative ways to enable anyone who lives or works in Lambeth to experience the link between participating in creative activity and positive mental wellbeing.)

Enhancing mood through environmental design: C0- delivery of Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity programme of art commissions in health new builds for Lambeth: Springfield Health centre, Gracefield Gardens, Whittingdon Centre, Streatham Sexual Health Clinic, Tulse Hill Centre, Baldry Gardens Centre, St Thomas’s Chapel Children’s Memorial

2006-2009: Department of Health
Consultant: Developing creative strategies to include personality disorder in policy development

2001- 2005: GLA The London Mayor’s Office
Consultant: Co- developed the wellbeing and arts strategy. Adviser to the development of London’s Cultural strategy. Delivered an HIA to measure the strategy to over 150 invited guests

2000- 2011: Lambeth PCT, Early Years http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/news/showfull/news_1
http://www.tapartsproject.co.uk/case_studies/showfull/happiness_in_young_children
A variety of projects addressing wellbeing in children and young people including Sure Start, Children’s Centres, early years delivery, Wellbeing Impact Assessment


Training, Lecturing and Coaching

2015 Cambridge University, Public Health, Arts and Wellbeing- applied science in action

2015 RADIQL Dementia Centre, Sirling, IDEAS LAB Belfast

2014-15 Presentations on RADIQL Part of Cultural Commission Programme, ACE

2014 Prague Older People's Social Service, RADIQL

2013- 14 Delivery of art and wellbeing lecture series to MSc Applied Positive Psychology Degree, UEL
2012- date Resilience Building training for women under 50
2010- date Design and delivery of courses in the mental health sector. With British Association of Art Therapists http://www.baat.org/biggerpicture.html Newham MHS Trust
1995- 2004 Central St Martin’s school of Art and Design (UAL), Middlesex University and Goldsmith’s College (UCL) cross discipline/ arts and health lecturer, personal tutor and examiner for BA and MA cohorts.

Media: contributions to the following Publications and reports
2011: Media interviews include BBC Radio (cultural and health arts access)
2010: The Guardian- delivery of Open Space with Young People in Parliament
2010: ‘Mental Health Today’- Emergence
2002: A prospectus for Arts in Health: Arts Council England, April 2007, (Creative Minds) ISBN: 978-0-7287-1339-0
Arts in Healthcare: Arts Council of England 2002 (Trust Art Project)
Report of the Review of Arts and Health Working Group: Harry Cayton, DoH, 2007
2001: Mental health, social inclusion and arts: developing the evidence base: Jenny Secker, Sue Hacking, Helen Spandler, Lyn Kent, Jo Shenton, DoH, 2007

Conference Presentations
2010: 16th International group work conference: Guerrilla, Extreme and Distance travel art groups, York
2009 CAREIF: Life Impact Survey on Children under 5 in Lambeth: Lambeth Early Years Service, International Conference- Sport, Education and Culture Promoting health, Wellbeing and Positive Identity for Young People, (ACE representative)
2009: British Association of Art Therapy- Attachment and the Arts

Education
2012- Bounce Back; facilitation course to run the resilience programme for children and young people
2011- Interpretive Phenomological Analysis: Birkbeck University
2010- 2012 MSC Applied Positive Psychology, UEL, London
2010 Personality Disorder Awareness (KUF)
2009 Mental health First Aid (MHFA), CSIP
2008 Mental Well Being Impact assessment Facilitator (MWIA), SLAM
2007 Open Space Facilitator training, PSW
1996 Post Grad PgDip Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College
1993 MA Textile Design, Nottingham Trent University
1991 BA Hons Textile/ Fashion Design, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
 

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