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.
Creativity and Wellbeing Plus is a new initiative jointly developed by London Arts in Health Forum and the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing. It aims to build on the success of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week by offering events to showcase the breadth and excellence of arts in health activity from right across England.
The deadline for Creativity and Wellbeing Week is fast approaching. In order to properly promote events in the week, we are planning to produce a brochure listing events.
LAHF has appointed a new Development Manager to help shape and deliver new projects. Esther Fox will be working with LAHF part time and joins LAHF’s Director, Damian Hebron and Administrator, Neil Parker. Esther is an experienced arts project manager and led the successful Paralympic Inspired 2012 Legacy Programme – Accentuate.
The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met in January. The minutes from its meeting are now available on the website of the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing.
The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing formally met for the first time earlier this month and agreed to formally establish and to plan a series of meetings over the next eighteen months.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in the LAHF survey. This is now closed and we’ve been in touch with the lucky three respondents who get the Amazon vouchers! Once again, thank you for completing the survey – it does really help as we plan our work ahead.
As plans develop for Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2014 (events are now being submitted), an opportunity has arisen to grab a piece of Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2013.
We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and the best possible start to the new year. Hopefully, like the team at LAHF, you will have the chance for a break over Christmas. We will be stopping for a bit, so the next newsletter will not be out until mid January. Do send us things to include for then. If you do get a moment over the holidays, do, please, fill in our annual survey.
LAHF is currently developing its strategy for 2014 and we are keen to hear from as many people as possible to help shape our plans and ambitions. Our annual survey will be coming out next week and we really hope as many people as possible will take 10 minutes to let us know where we are going right (and wrong).
The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is acting as the secretariat for a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts and Health. Planned by Lord Howarth of Newport, the APPG will enable backbench parliamentarians, of all parties and in both Houses, to be informed about significant practice and developments in the field of the arts, health and wellbeing.