What Works for Wellbeing guide for measuring impact on wellbeing
What Works for Wellbeing has published a practical guide for small to medium-sized charities or social enterprises seeking to measure their impact on wellbeing – whether this is in terms of health, education or employment. The guide will help you design questions and analyse their results.
BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians
A US study led by Dr Girija Kaimal suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.
The study was funded by the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
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Creative Civic Change fund launched
A new partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Local Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkin Foundation is designed to support empowerment through the arts and creativity. The fund is targeted at areas of England experiencing deprivation in terms of unemployment, poverty or poor health outcomes.
Alongside direct funding, the programme will offer mentoring, coaching and peer-to-peer support, networking and guidance.
ComRes survey suggests majority of GPs support arts in health
A ComRes survey of over 1,000 GPs, commissioned by Aesop in February this year suggests that over 60% of GPs agree that engagement with the arts can support both the prevention of ill health, and NHS staff. 44% also agree that arts interventions could be a cost-effective contribution to primary care.
The survey showed that:
· 66% of GPs agree that public engagement with the arts can make a significant contribution towards preventing ill health among the public
· 44% agreed that arts-based interventions can be a cost-effective way to deliver primary care to the public, through social prescribing, and improve health outcomes
· 62% agreed that art-based interventions can make a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of NHS staff.
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New government investment in social prescribing
The Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, has announced a £4.5m scheme to support social prescribing. The new fund has the potential to support arts on prescription schemes across the country.
Funding comes from the Health and Wellbeing Fund, itself part of a programme of government investment in the voluntary sector.
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