Option 1

Core Arts are open to new referrals from all London Boroughs and have membership spaces available for persons using personal budgets

To become a member of Core Arts you must have an interest in developing your creative potential, and in addition:

  • Current contact with NHS Mental Health Services
  • Access to a personal budget, direct payment or secured other funding to cover the membership costs.
  • Referral from a care coordinator, social worker or consultant from an NHS psychiatric or mental health team.
Funded membership

Option 2

For City and Hackney ELFT patients – The Recovery Alliance

To become a member of Core Arts your care coordinator, Nurse or OT will need to refer you directly through our partnership to be able to access 3-6 months membership and be able to access the full membership package:

  • Core Arts is working in partnership with ELFT NHS to support persons with severe and enduring needs as part of their current care plan or discharge from hospital.
  • City and Hackney Clinical commissioning Group (CCG) has funded this support through recognition of arts in health to support recovery and alliance between NHS mental health services and Core Arts.
The Recovery Alliance – ‘Arts in Health’

Option 3

For City and Hackney ELFT patients – Personal Health Budget (PHB)

Core Arts is a notional PHB provider for City and Hackney.  If you wish to refer your client for Core Arts membership for notional referral please use the City and Hackney Recovery Alliance referral form. The form defines the criteria for notional referral, please use if eligible. This referral form is for non-notional course applications for persons wishing to use a PHB to access Core Arts to achieve a recovery goal, because they meet the criteria for PHB and this is the preferred way to access our service, supported by you, their clinician.

Personal Health Budget (PHB)

Option 4

Core Online membership
*Please note: this membership is for students who want to have access to online classes ONLY. This route does not include face to face sessions.

We are now able to offer online creative access which includes:

  • Various weekly Zoom classes in both creative arts and sports.

  • 600+ pre-recorded classes and videos as well as handouts, for clients to watch and re-watch anytime.

  • Members will also be invited to Club Core gigs and online quiz’s and various other opportunities!

  • This membership is available to Hackney and City Severe mental illness or Personality disorder registers and is open for referral from GP’s, HCA’s or other clinicians.

Online Membership

Option 5

Hackney Residents without clinical/care coordinator referral

A dynamic and diverse partnership of eleven specialist mental health providers, offering an array of supportive activities, the Wellbeing Network empowers people towards better mental and physical wellbeing. We offer an exciting range of activities from wellbeing, physical health, complimentary therapies, social networks and much more!

  • Each client will have an allocated network coordinator to ensure that they have up to date information about what is available to them and support to access what they choose as part of their well-being goals, as well as support to manage changes and difficulties.
  • Any resident of Hackney experiencing mental health issues is welcome to self – refer to this service.
  • If you would like to join the Wellbeing Network specifically to attend Core Arts, please contact Core Arts network coordinator Megan on 02085333500 or mdalton@corearts.co.uk.

  • If you are unsure what referral pathway is most suitable, please don’t hesitate to contact the membership team on 02085333500 to discuss your options!
Wellbeing Network

We particularly strive to meet the needs of those who may have limited access to other means of support due to layers of discrimination faced in terms of class, financial resources and cultural differences.

However, we do not have the resources to accept referrals for people with a serious history of unprovoked violence, or persons with specific learning difficulties.
When you enroll with us, we will go through the details of your membership and you will have a full induction to Core Arts. We will go through your previous achievements, existing skills, knowledge base and creative aspirations and support you to choose a program of courses that suit you, tailored to you and at your learning level.