Social Change

Video: Documentary about The Spaces Between (2017)

Over the past 10 years, Hayley has been heavily involved in developing, leading and co-producing arts for health initiatives in her hometown, Barnsley.

Bringing a blend of creativity, community development skills, and passion for people, Hayley was a key instigator supporting the development of a people-led charity and movement called Creative Recovery.

Hayley now also works part-time for the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, a national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement can transform our health and wellbeing.


  • 2012: Olympic Torchbearer: Hayley was selected for her contribution to arts and health and the community (especially in the field of mental health)
  • 2013: The ARTS on Referral Programme, co-designed and delivered by Hayley was shortlisted as a finalist in the Most Innovative Service in The National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards
  • 2013: Trained with Musique et Sante, Paris
  • 2014: The IMMORTALS Project (Young People’s Project) instigated by Hayley in collaboration with a group of young people and Young Addaction was awarded The National Marsh Media Award
  • 2017: The Spaces Between Project with Creative Recovery (see video above)
  • 2017-2019: Hear My Voice, event programmer and artist
  • 2019: Quirkus Project with The Quirky Choir @ darts, Doncaster included new song compositions, performances and installation

Hayley has a wonderful skill of taking the young people’s sometimes tenuous ideas and turning them into a very current reality. She shared her numerous contacts with the project and encouraged the young people to take a lot of risks -she was a very important part of The Immortals team and a very positive role model for the young women who were involved. She brought real generosity,  a sense of community and impassioned belief in the power of creative arts as a way to change and enrich people’s lives.”

Lorna Szkliniarz, Young Addaction, 2014