NEC Birmingham |  09 - 10 October 2024

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Dalia Halpern-Matthews

Dalia Halpern-Matthews

Head of Business Development and Marketing, Aesop Arts and Society Ltd
An accomplished senior executive, with extensive third sector experience especially across the health, equality, regeneration and Arts sectors, Dalia has a strong track record in communications and engagement, and exceptional interpersonal skills. She builds worthwhile strategic partnerships across sectors, and across participants, volunteers and other organisations. Examples include partnerships with (among others) Medway Council, Kent and Medway CCG, University of Kent, University of Greenwich, Canterbury Christchurch University, Homes England, Arts Council, South East Local Enterprise Partnership, multiple Arts organisations, multiple VCS organisations across Kent and Medway, multiple faith or community organisations etc. Dalia has been working closely with the health sector over the past twenty years, developing and delivering various programmes and person-centred activities including those across social prescribing, arts and wellbeing, community festivals, befriending, and Dance to Health. During the pandemic Dalia recognised the needs of this socially isolated community in terms of a lack of digital access. She immediately set up ‘Bridging the Divide’, a digital inclusion programme enabling 75 participants to access the outside world, including not health services, but also other activities of interest including exercise classes, learning languages, exploring cultural places of interest etc. The impact of these programmes was immense with 96% improving in at least one measure of health and wellbeing, and 53% improving in terms of physical activity. Participants also showed a 39% reduction in use of frontline medical services (GP, nurses, A&E etc). Passionate about using creativity as a catalyst, she has demonstrated how culture can have a transformative impact on individuals and communities in terms of social regeneration and health and wellbeing, enabling a sense of pride in place and belonging. As part of this Dalia founded Nucleus Arts in 2002, and has run her own consultancy since 2016. Dalia is a strong advocate for improving the quality of people’s lives through the Arts, equity, diversity and inclusion. Among her work during the Pandemic, Dalia founded the Communities and Faith Forum in Medway which connected leaders across faiths, nationalities, ethnicities, localities and other communities, enabling effective cross-sector working which ultimately ensured that over 5,000 people had food, medication and other essentials through this difficult time. This forum also enabled open discussion between members around sensitive subjects, and enabled better service design for future programmes through this open and respectful exchange.

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