LAHF news

Art and physical activity

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.

Research enquiry

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 -, by calling for additional evidence which supports the impact of the arts on health.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2 June 2014 – 10 June 2014

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.

New Trustees

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.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week – deadline extension

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:

Parliamentary arts and health activity

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

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.

Deadline for Creativity and Wellbeing Week – 31 March 2014

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.

Development Manager appointed

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.

National Alliance news

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.


New Parliamentary Group for Arts and Health

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.

LAHF Survey – update

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.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week painting

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.

Season’s Greetings

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.

Work with us

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).