LAHF news

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).

APPG for arts and health

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.

Blog updates

Over the past couple of weeks, we have re-activated the LAHF blog. This will continue to be updated with comments, ideas and thoughts from the LAHF team.

Film of the Bristol conference

Arts and Health South West has produced a short film about the International Conference that they hosted on behalf of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing this summer in Bristol. The film can be accessed via the conference website.

Deadline announced for Creativity and Wellbeing Week

Event submissions are now being accepted for next summer’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week. The Week will take place from 2nd to the 8th June 2014 and all events for inclusion in the week will need to be submitted by 31st March 2014. We hope that we will be able to represent the widest possible range of events in the Week and would encourage everyone to plan and submit their events now.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2014

Next year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 2nd June to 8th June 2014. Building on the success of the past two weeks, next year’s event will be a celebration of arts and health activity in London and beyond. In conjunction with the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing, we are hoping to be able to include events from right across England.

Website updates

Over the past few months the National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing has been making a number of changes to the website. The website includes a database of arts in health organisations as well as a free, searchable archive of research into arts, health and wellbeing.

Board changes at LAHF

Over the last couple of months, LAHF has made a number of changes to its board. Several longstanding board members are stepping down and three new appointments have been made. We are delighted to welcome Nigel Hartley, the Director of Supportive Care at St Christopher’s Hospice, Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St.

A summary of comments made during the House of Lords debate

A summary of comments made during the House of Lords debate “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the arts to the nation’s education, health and emotional well-being.” 25th July 2013:


LAHF Facebook page

There’s obviously plenty going on in the world of arts and health because increasingly, we are unable to fit in all the news stories people send us in our fortnightly newsletter. However, there is no such issue when it comes to our Facebook page where it is very easy to post updates of events, links to your website or to point people towards a news story you found interesting.

Review of LAHF activity

LAHF is embarking on a review of its current activity as we embark on a business planning process. As part of this, we are keen to hear from newsletter subscribers to get a sense of what you think is important, what you value and what you think we should concentrate on over the years ahead.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week feedback

No sooner has this year’s week finished than we have begun planning next year’s events. We hope to announce dates for the 2014 Creativity and Wellbeing Week in the not too distant future but as we make plans, we are really keen to hear your feedback on this year’s week of events.