Richard Gallon

We are recruiting for new TRUSTEES with energy and inspiration to work with the board to strategically support the organisation.

We are recruiting for new TRUSTEES with energy and inspiration to work with the board to strategically support the organisation.

We are recruiting for new TRUSTEES with energy and inspiration to work with the board to strategically support the organisation.

Our vision 

To ensure that every person living with a life altering illness or facing bereavement or loss is given the opportunity to improve their physical and mental wellbeing by leading a full creative life , and, in so doing challenge the stigma of life with serious illness and loss.


Our Mission

We engage participants in transformative creative practices that enable them to alter their own perception of a life lived with illness or trauma.  We develop their confidence and creative skills so that they are able to create performances that change the perceptions of audiences about disability and loss

. Role Description and Person Specification

General responsibilities:



We welcome and encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith, socio-economic background or disability. We encourage applications from those with lived experience of serious illness or loss. We look for staff and trustees who share our values and champion our ethos to make the arts and culture as accessible as possible to all people.



Rosetta Life’s Board of Trustee’s meet quarterly online. Trustees will also be expected to attend an annual in person meeting and support the organisation at public events where possible. Board members may also have extra responsibilities as part of specific committees.


  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law (if applicable), company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • To contribute actively to the board role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • To protect and manage the property of the organisations and to ensure the proper investment of its funds
  • Led by the Chair, to appoint the chief executive officer and monitor his / her performance.
  • In addition to the above statutory duties, each board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board reach sound decisions. This involves:


o   Scrutinising board papers

o   Leading discussions

o   Focusing on key issues

o   Providing guidance on new initiatives

o   Other issues in which the board member has special expertise



Person specification:

We are particularly looking for legal, PR and Marketing, financial professionals who can support us in strengthening these areas of governance.


In addition we request:

  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of board membership
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Some financial experience
  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their consequences
  • Willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries

To discuss the role further please contact Sarah Bazin




Spring events and updates


Welcome to our news update, we have exciting announcements on two new programmes that begin after Easter, Healing Landscapes in Reading, Berkshire and Heart of Care – launching nationally. We are also delighted to share news of a number of events happening next month – a performance on 12th April from the Brain  Odysseys Ambassador’s, an immersive screening of Room2Dream in London on 27th April and a conference event hosted by King’s College London. We hope to see you at one of the dates over the coming weeks.


The Heart of Care, new project with carers across the UK to launch this month 



We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England are supporting this new piece of work, bringing together Helix Arts Tyneside, Kingston Carers, Bristol Black carers and Muf Architecture with Rosetta Life and local artists. Together we will work with digital artists to share stories that give visibility  to the people who care and the places that caring takes place in our towns and cities. A year long programme of movement, creative writing and digital arts workshops will culminate in a public artwork in each location. to contribute to the online gallery. 


Image: online gallery


Join us for a live performance on 12th April – A Newfound Mind tours to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. 



A live performance from the London Brain Odysseys Ambassadors that explores how we piece our lives together after stroke. The challenges are not only psychological and are made more difficult by the hazards of navigating the city. Composed by Orlando Gough.

Free to attend, you can book tickets here and we hope you can join us after the event for refreshments and the opportunity to meet the team. 



Healing Landscapes

Reading’s Sight Loss community partner with Brain injury Ambassadors on VR artwork for hospital wards 


We are delighted to announce funding from the James Cowper Kreston Foundation to support the development of a digital poetry and 360 film project inspired by the local environment and life on the Thames. Taking inspiration from the local landscape, Reading Association for the Blind and Reading stroke Ambassadors will bring the natural environment onto the hospital wards through their original audio and visual poetry recordings. Working together with The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), we will share the piece in a community event in September.


Room2Dream – Join us in an immersive dome! 360 Film screening in London on 27th April 


Join us for a 360 film screening of Room2Dream at at Brunel Design school, one of the few places in UK to house an immersive dome. Book your free ticket.

We invite partners and interested organisations – researchers, schools, artists and immersive and digital arts practitioners to join us for conversations and networking as we explore opportunities for collaboration across immersive arts in health, wellbeing and social impact.

Room2 Dream is a 360 film project made by young people across the world, exploring the theme of home.

Young people from fourteen centres worked together on a cycle of shared songs that explores what home means for them and a youth leadership group with representation from all partners came together to write a single shared chorus.

Through the eyes of young people, we are taken on a journey from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa, Gaza, Syria, India and Nepal to England and Scotland.

A year’s collaboration between schools, children’s hospices, hospital schools and refugee centres involved creative writing, song making and 360 filmmaking

A remarkable score in response to the young people’s poems has been created by composer Jocelyn Pook.

Watch: The trailer here:



Let Silence Speak, Rosetta Life presents at SHAPER conference on the future of commissioning  lived experience ambassadors.


Hosted by King’s College London’s Shaper team, the event is taking place on 17th May at the Science Gallery, London. SHAPER is a large-scale study funded by the Wellcome Trust that aims to explore the impact and scalability of arts-based interventions for mental health in South-East London. The program is being delivered by a team of clinicians, researchers, charities, artists, and healthcare professionals from academia, the NHS, and the charity sector. It consists of three studies, focused on postnatal depression, perinatal mental health, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke, and aims to recruit over 800 participants. The goal of the program is to inspire NHS organizations and commissioners to expand the scope of social prescribing to include routine provision of evidence-based art interventions.

The conference shares experiences from both ambassadors and commissioners and asks how do we collectively support role of the creative ambassador in healthcare?

To find out more please email 


Support Rosetta Life – How to fundraise with us 


Rosetta Life is a charity that relies on grant funding and donations. Donations support the organisation in delivering projects each year – your donations support us in booking rooms for workshops, printing poetry anthologies, providing travel and access to those who take part and helps us to continue to deliver on wards and in the community – keeping our  performances and workshops free to attend. If you would like to make a donation or fundraise for the charity, you can do so via Just Giving. 





Newsletter December 2022

Thank you for your ongoing support through 2022. As the year approaches its end, we would like you to join us in celebrating our combined achievements from the past 12 months.


Rosetta Life – 2022 from Rosetta Life on Vimeo.

Odysseys performance arts & ambassador programmes

Our partnership with SHAPER, the arts in health research grant funded by The Wellcome Trust and delivered through Kings College London, continued. Next year we look forward to sharing the outcomes of the Implementation Science research that has examined how arts and health programmes can be upscaled nationally. After two years of online working we were delighted to return to face to face workshops and were able to deliver two live performance programmes. In February we shared a new performance piece inspired by the work of Helen Frankenthaler at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and in the autumn, we took the show, A Newfound Mind, with a cast of 35 London Ambassadors, to a live audience of 200 at the Greenwood Theatre London.

Rosetta Life Spirals Roundhouse
Image: Spirals, Camden Roundhouse – London ambassadors.

The Wishing Well

In early 2022 we presented a co-created devised dance performance, to a packed house at Rich Mix London. The Wishing Well was co-created with patients from Accelerate CIC, who are living with lymphoedema. In August, the same group joined a week’s dance residency at The Place, London, where they added puppetry, costume and set design to their dance performance skills and developed key ideas for their next performance project.

Rosetta Life The Wishing Well RichMix
Image: @Foteini Wishing Well Cast – Accelerate CIC patient group


With a project grant from Arts Council England and support from Footworks,  we produced our first 360 immersive film. We collaborated with 14 international and UK partners, in seven partnerships, to explore writing poetry, sharing songs and 360 filmmaking.

Composer Jocelyn Pook and sound designer Steve Parr created a response to the young people’s stories on the theme of home and their immersive sound piece is a remarkable testimony to the power of the young people’s ideas and words. The film was nominated for the Jury Award at the UK FullDome festival in Plymouth and we hope to tour it widely in 2023.

Image: Bartholomew school viewing the film at in a full dome, Market Hall Plymouth.

A Small Mouse in a Large World

We worked with Bristol University, Southmead Hospital and Bristol After Stroke to develop a dance film to help widen awareness of vision impairment that many face after stroke.

Heart of Care

We delivered dance sessions with Bristol Black carers who have gone on to design a national project with us, with partnerships nationally in Tyneside and London, and internationally in India and Rwanda to raise the profile of unpaid carers. We are looking forward to developing these partnerships in 2023. For more information please see

Sometimes I Dream I am Dancing

In Reading, Ambassadors Performed their original performance, A Pilgrim’s Tale, at the University of Reading – they even filmed a boat trip along the Thames as part of their process and included film and animation in their final performance.

Throughout the pandemic we held online sessions and created monthly newsletters to keep ambassadors connected to each other. The Reading ambassadors curated an anthology of poems and artwork submitted by the national network of ambassadors, entitled Sometimes I Dream I am Dancing. The anthology was launched on National Poetry Day. It is a remarkable testament to the resilience and creativity of the communities we support. You can download a copy here or order one by emailing

Image: Poetry anthology front cover - image @Hazel Hammond
Image: Poetry anthology front cover – image @Hazel Hammond

Social prescribing: Healing Landscapes

We worked with the Museum of Rural Life in Reading to engage local organisations in poetry inspired by imagined, recollected and physically immediate landscapes as part of their Thriving Communities programme. We look forward to expanding these collaborations next year.

Image: Sonia and Martyn, University of Reading.

In Buckinghamshire we worked in the community with people who had experienced a stroke, supported by local musicians. Participants included the wonderfully talented staff choir at Wycombe Hospital and once again we were delighted to support their Christmas concert.

Our artists continued to deliver sessions on stroke wards in NHS hospitals in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and London, supported by the ambassadors who brought their creative skills and lived experience of brain injury to the hospital wards

New team members

In 2022 we welcomed Mairead Ruane as Ambassador support coordinator and Karen Warner as Finance Manager

Mairéad Ruane
Mairead Ruane
Ambassador support coordinator
Mairéad recently completed MASc Creative Health at UCL and is now working with us and MIND. Mairéad is an award-winning mental health advocate and lived experience speaker with a background in short film production and co-production. Mairéad seeks to shape change in how health and mental health are imagined, treated and portrayed.

Karen Warner
Finance and Operations manager

Karen has been working in the voluntary sector as a finance manager for over 20 years. Primarily working with charities with a speciality in dementia and has transformed our financial operational procedures this year


You can fundraise for Rosetta Life or donate directly here; all donations support us in growing the work, delivering programmes on wards and in the community and supporting people in attending sessions where mobility or personal circumstances may limit access.

Image: Spirals, Camden Roundhouse – London ambassadors


Would your organisation like to sponsor our charitable work in 2023? If you represent or know of an organisation that is looking for a charity partner and the opportunity to support a fantastically ambitious small charity that is making a real difference to people’s lives, please contact us at


Funding our work:

Thank you to the following for supporting us in 2022:



Room2Dream Promo image

Room2Dream immersive music and 360 film installation

Room2Dream is an immersive music and 360 film installation made by young people across the world, exploring the theme of Home.

Young people from fourteen centres across the world have worked together on a cycle of shared songs.  Through the eyes of young people, we are taken on a journey from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa, Gaza, Syria, India and Nepal to England and Scotland as they explore what home means for them.

A year’s collaboration between schools, children’s hospices, hospital schools and refugee centres involved creative writing, song making and 360 filmmaking.

Room 2 Dream 2 min trailer from Rosetta Life on Vimeo.

A youth leadership group with representation from all partners came together to write a single shared chorus.  A remarkable score in response to the young people’s poems and chorus has been created by composer Jocelyn Pook.

“The children have never before been listened to so well. The opportunity to make links and forge bonds with other young people across the world has been life changing for our students. They have learned that their voices matter, their creativity matters and they have been able to collaborate in a shared artwork that transcends country borders”
Jess Selfe, English Literature Teacher, Bartholomew School, Eynsham

Support the project and donate here –

Living with stroke and brain injury during the pandemic.


Three short films.

Choo chi.

Produced with a group of people living with the effects of a stroke in London, this film explores the challenges of lockdown and how our pets have helped us  cope with its stresses. Music by Jules Maxwell.

Learn from Us.

Produced in partnership with Headway West London, this film invites us to learn from those who have had their lives changed by brain injury,  and to face a life with a pandemic with optimism and resilience. Song composed by Orlando Gough.

Through the Window.

Produced and made with a group of people living with the effects of a stroke in North London, this film invites us simply to find a response to the pandemic by looking through the windows. Music made by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian with recordings from all participants


World’s largest study into impact of arts on physical and mental health


We are delighted to have been selected as one of three Arts-in-Health organisations whose work will be the focus of a Wellcome Foundation research project designed to research the effectiveness of their projects.   Led by King’s College London, SHAPER: Scaling-up Health-Arts Programmes: Implementation and Effectiveness Research, will see arts interventions from Rosetta Life/Stroke Odysseys, Breathe Arts Research and Dance for Parkinson’s  embedded into NHS hospitals, clinics and in the community so that we can assess their effectiveness in improving the health and wellbeing of greater numbers of patients.

Rosetta Life, KCL, AHRC, UKRI and Brainwaves


We are delighted to have been selected as the delivery partner in a prestigious research initiative collaboration with King’s College London in a AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research. Council) and UKRI (United Kingdom Research & Innovation) that explores how the COVID-19 crisis has led to a radical shift in the way in which people access culture, mirrored by the way organisations like Rosetta Life make cultural activities happen. For people living with brain injury  these challenges are more acute, given their greater isolation and loneliness.  Their voices will be at the heart of the work.

I Look for the Think

Our pioneering one act online opera ‘I Look for the Think’ is set to grow into a 50 minute three act piece live/digital video performance on stage at Garsington opera summer 2021.  The expanded libretto, drawn from the words and experiences of Rosetta Life Stroke Ambassadors is currently being written.  See Home Page video.

Odysseys Presents

Dec 4th 2020.  Ambassadors from London, Reading and Bristol came together to share their own original work – to read stories and poems, perform songs, show films – we even had an open mic session.


It was great fun and we will be hosting another around Valentine’s Day 2021 – so do start thinking about what you might like to show or share.

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