New long-term plan for the NHS
The NHS plan was launched early this month by NHS England, with the endorsement of the government. The plan focuses on improving care outside hospital and greater integration and cooperation between services. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is preparing a report assessing the opportunities for culture and creativity to deliver the plan's aspirations for personalised care.
A Day in the Life
This is the first of a new series of short interviews with the people who make up the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance - our members, and partners. First up is Hayley Youell, who started as the Alliance's events coordiator in November last year, and has a background as a musician and facilitator working in museums and community settings
Update on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Since the publication of the Creative Health report in July 2017, the APPG has pursued strategies to encourage the implementation of the ten recommendations, including six dissemination events around the country, in partnership with the regional leads for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance. You can find out more about the APPG’s activity during 2017/18 in the annual report: http://bit.ly/APPGAHWannualreport Read more
Treasury of Activities for Older People
This compilation from the Baring Foundation by Liz Postlethwaite (Small Things and the Storybox Project) contains 50 activities created specifically with older people in mind, as well as tips for working with older groups for the first time.
Activities to do one-to-one, in small groups and larger groups Covering the visual arts and crafts, dance, performance, music & singing and creative writing With many activities dementia-friendly and suitable for care homes Ranging from short tasters to workshops that could be done over a longer period. The Treasury can be downloaded here https://baringfoundation.org.uk/resource/treasury-of-arts-activities-for.... Hard copies are available while stocks last - please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Voluntary Arts Big Conversation results
The annual survey from Voluntary Arts highlights the contribution that the voluntary and amateur creative sector makes to addressing loneliness and social isolation. Despite the challenges faced by creative individuals and groups, and the broader context of political uncertainty, optimism about the future of the voluntary arts sector remains high, scoring 4.35 out of a possible 5.
DCMS turns its focus to social prescribing
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport acknowledged in his recent speech at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry that that 'culture plays a big part in making us healthier and happier people', as well as its contributions to the economy, and announced that the DCMS 'is working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England, to support greater use of social prescribing, in particular to address loneliness and help people with their mental health.' Mr Wright went on to say that he looked forward to social prescribing 'becoming a mainstream part of NHS delivery, with 60 per cent of Clinical Commissioning Groups currently supporting the delivery of social prescribing projects' - although no funding was specifically committed to arts and cultural providers supporting social prescribing.
Jeremy Wright's Value of Culture speech was given at the Belgrade Theatre in advance of Coventry's year as the UK's city of culture in two years' time.
Read the full speech
Paintings in Hospitals celebrates 60 years with new blog series
National charity Paintings in Hospitals is marking six decades of work in the UK’s health and social care spaces with 60 weekly blogs detailing the impact of art on our wellbeing from well-known artists, academics, critics, patients, carers and more. 60 Years, 60 Voices aims to highlight the contribution Paintings in Hospitals has made to the nation’s physical, mental and social health since the charity’s founding in 1959 by sharing personal stories from its diverse community of supporters. The online campaign kicked off this month with a BBC archive audio clip of Paintings in Hospitals’ founder Sheridan Russell speaking about the beginnings of the charity on Desert Island Discs in 1970. This was followed by a heartfelt article ‘Food of the human spirit’ by renowned contemporary artist and Paintings in Hospitals patron Maggi Hambling CBE.
Find the full press release attached
Read the blog here https://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/Blogs/60-years-60-voices
Media Release - PiH60 - 60 Years, 60 Voices - 2019.pdf