The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time earlier this month. The meeting was themed around The Care Act and the question: How the arts and culture can contribute to the quality of care following the Francis Inquiry? It was well attended by politicians from both Houses of Parliament and all three main political parties.
The audio recording of the closing event of LAHF’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week is now available to listen to for anyone who was unable to attend.
We were pleased to receive the news last week that LAHF was to continue as part of the Arts Council’s national portfolio of arts organisations. This means that LAHF will continue to be funded by Arts Council England through to 2018. Our funding bid included plans to maintain our newsletter and advice and networking services as well as delivering Creativity and Wellbeing Week each year.
Barely has the dust settled on this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week than thoughts turn to next year. Next year’s week will run from June 8th, 2015 and is set to be the biggest yet. We are already planning events and hope that you will too.
Thank you to everyone who took part in Creativity and Wellbeing Week! An estimated 20,000 people attended events and took part in a huge range of activity celebrating the impact of the arts on wellbeing.
On 3rd July, LAHF is opening its doors to share our plans for the next couple of years and to invite you to tell us how you think we can best support your work. Every year we run a survey to invite input and suggestions.
Thousands of brochures and postcards are currently being distributed to promote events in Creativity and Wellbeing Week and Creativity and Wellbeing Plus. All event organisers should now be receiving promotional material and we are managing a range of other distribution and press promotion.
This year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 2nd-11th June in London but events are happening around the country and through the summer as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Plus. These events include seminars and discussions, lectures and tours.
LAHF is delighted to announce that the closing event for this year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will bring together celebrated novelist and journalist Lionel Shriver and ethicist Deborah Bowman to explore the connections between creativity and wellbeing in a fascinating evening drawing together the worlds of health and the arts with conversation and read
We are seeking examples of good practice in the use of the arts to engage people with physical activity. LAHF has been commissioned by Public Health England to explore the ways in which the arts can increase physical activity and can move individuals from inactivity into regular activity.
The National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing and the UK Arts and Health Research Network have responded to the Arts Council Cultural Value report - http://www.lahf.org.uk/arts-council-review-cultural-value, by calling for additional evidence which supports the impact of the arts on health.
Thanks to everyone who has entered events for Creativity and Wellbeing Week. We are currently processing all the events and will shortly produce a brochure to promote the week. It certainly looks like this will be the biggest week ever with well over 150 London events alone.
LAHF is pleased to announce that three new trustees have joined the organisation’s board of Directors. Dr Alice Lomax is Acting Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry at West London Mental Health NHS Trust and one of the founders of the Medical Film Festival MedFest.
Due to extensive demand, the deadline for inclusion in the Creativity and Wellbeing Week brochure has been extended to 7th April 2014. Arts and health events can be entered for inclusion in the Week via the website w: www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk.
The officers of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing have met to co-ordinate activity for the group. Among the group’s objectives is the ambition to integrate arts and health into the manifestos of each of the main political parties.