November 13, 2019

Arts and Kindness in Practice: An Introduction

Join us for this unique exploration of the role of the arts in growing kindness.

Do you want to know more about how Arts and Kindness are connected?

Would you like to learn skills and techniques about how to apply kindness to your work, based on psychological research?

People United Associates Sarah Fox and Tom Andrews will lead this day of learning and reflection for people working in the arts sector. Based on 15 years of research and practice, it is particularly relevant to those working in community and participatory settings.

Tom and Sarah will provide examples of how People United create conditions for kindness to grow, and they will support you to reflect on how you might apply this to your own work (including being kind to yourself).

Following this session, to help embed the learning, each attendee will be offered a free 1:1 mentoring session with Tom, Sarah or one of our other experienced mentors.

Who is it for?

This training day is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of artists, administrators, project managers and senior leaders involved in delivering participatory activities in the arts and culture sector.

The training will benefit those looking to:

  • Deepen their knowledge around arts and pro-social behaviour research, and cross-sector understanding
  • Test out new approaches and push working practices using arts and kindness methodology, peer-learning, reflection, and practical tips
  • Build new contacts, partnerships and a support network by connecting with like-minded people from a diverse range of working environments

What will the day look like?

The training day will cover knowledge, skills and practical applications that can be put to use straightaway when participants return to their workplace/practice. The day will include:

  • An overview of research including how the arts can influence kindness/prosocial behaviour and attitudes
  • Background of People United and examples of projects involving arts/kindness
  • Practical sessions to support participants to apply the learning in their own context
  • Creative activities to deepen learning
  • Opportunities to learn from other participants
  • Access to 3 comprehensive resources outlining theories/practical applications and how to apply the learning
  • Refreshments and lunch

Join Us

Thursday 5 March 2020, 9.30am – 5pm at Canterbury Innovation Centre, CT2 7FG

  • The cost is £120 which covers the one day workshop and a follow-up mentoring session
  • There are 20 places in total (5 of which have been offered as subsidised places at a reduced rate to support freelancers. Please note- all of the subsidised places have now been filled)

Book your place

We have closed the booking form for the training day taking place on 5th March, but if you would like to enquire about a possible place on this training course or future training courses please email us.


About the facilitators

Tom Andrews is the founder of two charities: People United and Music for Change. He supports civil society leaders through coaching and mentoring, and is Head of Member Support at ACEVO.

Sarah Fox has over 19 years of experience in the arts, spanning education, social housing and charity sectors. She was previously Head of Creative Programmes at People United. Sarah is a coach and mentor, and also a trustee of Moving Memory Dance Theatre.

  1. Hi,

    I registered online to attend your day event but haven’t heard anything back. Did my booking go through?

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Your booking did indeed go through, you’ll receive an email today from Gemma about this.

      Best wishes,

      People United

      People United (Author)

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