Special interest Use of the arts and creativity to enhance whole person care and patient wellbeing, connections between physical and mental health, building emotional resilience in children, using portrait photography and oral history to promote healthy ageing, ecotherapy and effects of environment on wellbeing, social prescribing and the role of compassion in wellbeing.
Experience: Delivering a range of events and producing innovative digital tools relating to healthy ageing, patient experience and long-term conditions. Creating and running a successful vintage events business, attracting 25,000 visitors over five years. Ali is also an artist on a range of arts and wellbeing projects, having worked in care homes with people with dementia, in neurorehabilitation units, with children and adults with learning disabilities. An experienced photographer, she is also passionate about capturing images and stories of older people to promote healthy ageing for people such as The Royal Society of Medicine, Institute for Longevity and The Guardian.
Key Projects Ali recently worked as an illustrator and research co-lead alongside psychologists at King’s College on a publication My Memory Forest to help children integrate negative memories. The book was supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s and is currently being piloted with children aged 7-9 in South London.
Qualifications BA Psychology and Philosophy, The University of Sheffield. King’s Interdisciplinary Award in Art and Mental Health, King’s College London.