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Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance appoints a Board Designate

The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance will become an independent organisation in 2020, and as part of this process it has appointed a Board Designate

Creative ageing sector flourishing but further action needed

Creative ageing activity has expanded significantly over the last decade, but there is a real need to ensure that more marginalised older people have opportunities to be creative

Arts-based research project focuses on children in hospital

Newman University Birmingham has launched ‘RocketArts’, a 3-year arts-based research project for sick and injured children in hospital

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

Durham Commission: schools should promote creativity for all young people

Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised to equip young people with the skills they need in later life, according to a report published by the Durham Commission.

The Durham Commission is a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role creativity and creative thinking should play in the education of young people. Following 18 months of research, the Commission has launched its report and recommendations with a long-term vision for promoting creativity in education.

The report recommends:

Government sets up National Academy for Social Prescribing

The government has announced plans for a National Academy to help more people benefit from arts, sport and leisure activities across the country

Fund launched for frontline organisations tackling loneliness

The government has launched a £2m fund to help organisations to tackle loneliness across the country

Report advises the creative sector on its response to the biodiversity crisis

Julie's Bicycle has produced the Creative Spaces for Nature: Biodiversity, Habitats and Ecosystems report, a guide to the ways in which the creative sector can respond to the climate and nature crisis

MARCH Network announces successful Plus funding events

The funding is for sandpit events to support teams in coming together and developing research proposals on social, cultural and community assets and mental health.

The Arts for Every Child: briefing paper released

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