A Bird in a Gilded Cage

Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Writing for your health and wellbeing; 'Writing Exercises that Work', Pen and Tonic

A guide book for using writing for health with community and health groups and for personal development.

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Voluntary Arts Briefings on online Gift Aid and Charitable Incorporated Organisations

Voluntary Arts has published two new VA Briefings – one describing how to claim Gift Aid online and the other on the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation form.


The Dementia Challenge first year report published

The Dementia Challenge report describes achievements in the 3 main areas of the challenge: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities and better research.

Lennox Castle Stories 1936-2002

Lennox Castle Stories is an online collection of memories and stories, told by the ex-residents and hospital staff of Lennox Castle Hospital in the form of creative images, videos and text.

Whole-person Care: from rhetoric to reality (Achieving parity between mental and physical health)

A new paper published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists based on work led by Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College, and drafted by Lucy Thorpe, Head of Policy, and Greg Smith, Policy Analyst, at The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Driving growth through local government investment in the arts

A new report by the Local Government Association uses case studies from across the country to examine four key arts-based contributors to prosperity: visitor numbers, creating jobs and skills, attracting businesses and revitalising places.

Spending on health and social care over the next 50 years

This report by John Appleby considers the drivers of spending on health and long-term care, and asks whether spending must or should consume such large proportions of GDP in the future, and the fiscal feasibility of this.

New research exploring community involvement in library services in England

Arts Council England and the Local Government Association (LGA) have published new research into communities' involvement in library service delivery and management.

Value, Measure, Sustainability: Ideas Towards the Future of the Small-Scale Visual Arts Sector

Common Practice has announced the publication of its second report, which builds on its 2011 study ‘Size Matters’ to offer new ways of evaluation and measurement in the art world.


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