Early results from culture, health and wellbeing survey

People dancing outside in a close


In April and May 2020, 220 culture, health and wellbeing organisations and practitioners responded to a survey about their work, coordinated by:

This short paper contains data from the survey of culture with respect to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, covering:

  1. Impacts of the pandemic on culture, health and wellbeing delivery and funding
  2. Reflections on the value of this work during the pandemic
  3. How people in the sector think we should be planning for the future



1. How has the Covid-19 crisis affected the delivery of your services or projects? (tick all that apply) - 217 responses

  • All our work is on hold = 30%
  • Some of our work is on hold = 43%
  • Our work is continuing, but we are changing how we deliver = 45%
  • We have furloughed staff = 15%
  • Work continues as normal with no changes = 0%

“An uncertain future, means lots of pressure on staff to imagine multiple scenarios”

“Could be positive in terms of establishing new ways of communicating but need to guard against exclusion of minority groups who cannot access the tech.”

“interesting to see some of our programmes have much higher numbers of participants online than in the museum setting”


2. How has the Covid-19 crisis affected your funding for CHW work? - 217 responses

  • We have lost fundraising income = 31%
  • We’ve lost ticketing / audience income = 33%
  • A fund we were going to apply to has closed = 33%
  • Lost bookings = 24%
  • No financial impact = 15%


3. How optimistic do you feel about the future of culture, health and wellbeing services in the UK at the moment?

pie chart showing responses, the biggest section being somewhat optimistic at 44%

“People seem to value the arts more but obviously it's more difficult to access.”

“Are the arts and culture still considered a nice to have rather than a necessity?”


4. What sort of things do you think will help strengthen culture, health and wellbeing as a sector in the future? (tick all that apply) 217 responses

  • Mapping exercises (like this one) = 51%
  • Networking and support = 63%
  • Research = 58%
  • Policy work / advocacy = 58%
  • Innovation: thinking about new ways of working = 87%



Rosie Dow - rosie.dow@nesta.org.uk

Victoria Hume - victoria@culturehealthwellbeing.org.uk

Angela Rogers - angela@wahwn.cymru

Robbie McGhee - robbie.mcghee@glasgow.ac.uk