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Enter the Social Prescribing Network Awards 2021

The Social Prescribing Network awards are returning for a second year, hosted by the Social Prescribing Network and the College of Medicine. The 10 awards recognise the wealth of innovative social prescribing projects and schemes running throughout the UK and internationally and are open to everyone involved in social prescribing.

The deadline for the awards is 25 January and they will be presented at the 3rd International Social Prescribing Network conference in March.

Find out more.

Baring Foundation examines creative response to older people during lockdown

The Baring Foundation has launched a report examining the creative ageing sector's response to supporting the wellbeing of older people during Covid-19 and throughout lockdown.

The almost overnight transition to operating remotely meant the swift development of online offer of activities. To counter the digital divide, these activities also included non-digital methods such as telephone contact and activity packs through the post and often extended to other services such as befriending or delivering food.

Research predicts cultural sector recovery will be earlier than anticipated

Research from the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned by Arts Council England, has predicted that the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will help the cultural sector return to its pre-Covid gross value added level of £13.5bn by 2022, a full year earlier than was anticipated without government intervention.

Music artists join Studio Connect mental health support programme

BRIT award winning artist NAO, and acclaimed rapper/producer Jords have joined the Key Changes “Studio Connect” programme as music industry mentors. The Studio Connect programme is an online service designed to support the mental health needs of vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups following the Covid-19 crisis. 

DCMS publishes review of role of arts in improving health and wellbeing

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a summary of the evidence collected on the role of arts in improving health and wellbeing. The report examines how arts engagement can impact on social outcomes, youth development and the prevention of mental and physical illness.

Arts Council reveals seven disability and equality principles for Covid-19 recovery

Arts Council England has outlined seven principles for organisations to use in their approach to delivery and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic with a specific focus on disability and relevant Equality legislation. The principles are designed to help the industry make inclusive decisions that go beyond compliance and celebrate diversity.

The principles have been created with We Shall Not Be Removed, Ramps on the Moon, Attitude is Everything, Paraorchestra and What Next?.

Heritage Alliance explores impact of heritage sector on wellbeing

The Heritage Alliance has published a report exploring the impact heritage can have on individual and community wellbeing.

The report, Heritage, Health and Wellbeing, examines how existing arts and culture work supports wellbeing. It provides 30 case studies covering a diverse group of activities from club nights put on by a group of disabled adults in Alexandra Palace to yoga in historic houses. Within this context the report makes a series of recommendations to the heritage sector, the health sector, and to government.

Paper highlights extent of class imbalance within creative industries

The Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) has published a paper that provides an up-to-date picture of workforce demographics in the creative industries. The report, Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK's Creative Industries, identifies and develops upon five key facts:

Mini-series aims to support young people’s mental health post-Covid-19

Youth Arts Charity Peer Productions has developed a new mini-series, 50 Days: Alone Together, to support teenagers’ mental health, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The series follows the lives of a small class of year 12 pupils as they check in, via video conferencing software, with their form tutor over the first 50 days of lockdown.

National Arts Creative and Cultural Education Survey findings released

The Bridge England Network has published a summary of findings from the National School Survey it initiated in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The aim of the survey was to establish how Bridges and the cultural sector could offer ongoing support to schools and their pupils as they enter the new school year.

Key findings include:


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