Hive HiveConnecting Creativity for over 30 years


Hive recently commissioned The Centre for Health Promotion Research (CHPR) at Leeds Beckett University (LBU) to evaluate Hive’s wellbeing work supporting people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.

This work was funded by Lloyds Foundation.  Click here for the report (PDF format).

Flourish 2017-2018

Flourish started up again in April 2017 and will run for another year.  See facebook for recent photos.


The Thrive project is a creative program for adults with mental health difficulties designed to boost wellbeing and increase confidence. The sessions will be running at different community venues over 2020 /21 supported by teams of Volunteers. For the latest information on opportunities available to volunteer on The Thrive Project please click here.

We recruit Volunteers three times a year in February, August and November.

Contact Rachel Lee on: 01274 598928 Email: [email protected]

Flourish 2013-2015

Our Flourish project delivered creative ecotherapy projects at Hive and in community settings around Bradford and district. Ecotherapy is a type of intervention that improves mental and physical health and wellbeing by supporting people to be active outdoors. A combination of creative and 'green' activity led to some fantastic outcomes for our participants. Our findings have been echoed by a recent report into the benefits of Ecotherapy for better mental health commissioned by Mind by the University of Essex which found: ours.

An outreach project participant commented: "Coming to these sessions clears my mind - it makes me look at different aspects of what is around me. Life can be a bit chaotic but being in nature is very calming."

For more information about the benefits of Ecotherapy visit the Mind website. At Hive we ran weekly sessions in the small community garden and allotment site near our centre. This unique growing space specialised in growing plants that were used for creative and therapeutic activity. During the growing months we held weekly sessions in these outdoor spaces.

As part of our Health and Wellbeing based activities we can deliver projects, sessions and training that explore these issues to groups and organisations. Contact Claire Wellesley-Smith for more information about how we can work with you on 01274 598928 or [email protected]          

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This project provides access for service users through our Supported Drop-In groups. These are small groups participating in creative activities across our workshops, facilitated with the support of volunteers.



Hive - Out There Project from Hive: Connecting Creativity on Vimeo.

This video is about Out There, a project that ran at Hive for three years and made possible through a grant from the Ecominds Changing Spaces Programme as a partner of the BIG Lottery Fund. It shows some of the sessions taking place and features participants talking about the project, and how it has impacted upon their lives.

" Hive is a very warm and welcoming place to go to. I have never come across a place like Hive and I hope it carries on for many years.  I had mental health problems a while ago and coming to Hive has helped me to build up my confidence, through being around other people and working as a team."