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Statistics suggest UK theatres save the NHS £102m per year

UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) have released statistics that suggest that theatres generate an annual cost saving to the NHS of over £102 million by helping benefit the physical and mental health of those in their surrounding communities.

Launch of guide for prison staff to enable creativity during Covid-19

Access to creative activity is essential for the wellbeing of people in prison, but understanding how to make it possible in the face of Covid-19 restrictions has been a challenge. A new guide from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Creativity in a restricted regime, gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can achieve this, in collaboration with education providers, artists and arts organisations – as restrictions ease and prison regimes begin to change.

Call for participants to develop course for utilising music in dementia care

The Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University is asking for participants for a study aimed at developing an intensive training course for qualified music therapists, musicians and other healthcare professionals who wish to pursue an advanced level of knowledge and skills of utilising music in dementia care.

To help develop the course a series of focus groups will be conducted in May 2021 to identify core components and elements to be incorporated in the training.

Cultural Health & Wellbeing Alliance announce 2021 Awards shortlist

The Cultural Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) has published the shortlist for its 2021 Awards.

The CHWA said the applications told stories of the sector’s tenacious creativity, care, and collaborative spirit in response to the individual, local and global challenges.

The Awards take place on 23 April 2021.

The shortlist:

Collective Power in partnership with Ideas Alliance and The Lived Experience Network (The LENs)

Arts 4 Dementia invites members to ArtsPAL Befriender Network

Arts 4 Dementia is inviting organisations offering creative and cultural befrienders to join its ArtsPAL Befriender Network. The Network will help individuals with dementia symptoms access inspirational events which can be enjoyed in partnership.

New arts and health platform seeks partners

Arts enterprise Aesop is seeking organisations currently working in arts-and-health to help develop and participate in an online platform aimed primarily at people over 60.  The platform will be launched in summer 2021 and will help users find high-quality arts programmes that provide health benefits.

It is hoped the platform will be as comprehensive as possible. To be included, programmes will need independent quantitative evidence of their health outcomes.

Introducing Artsflow - the platform for the Arts Sector

Artsflow is a mobile and web app platform that enables creative practitioners to easily create their arts activities, receive bookings, deliver their activities and generate an income from their passion.

The mobile app will help you to connect with people locally who are interested in accessing your arts activities, so that you can share your passion with them.

Join the waiting list to be invited to access the Artsflow platform before it launches publicly.

Find out more and follow Artsflow on social media @artsflow

Arts on prescription study seeks participants

Dr Anita Jensen and Dr Hilary Bungay are undertaking a cross national qualitative study to examine healthcare professionals’ perceptions and experiences of arts on prescription and arts on referral. The study will consist in part of interviews with healthcare professionals in the UK and in Sweden.

Launch of National Centre for Creative Health

A new national centre for creativity and wellbeing will be launched on 9 March. The National Centre for Creative Health aims to make creativity integral to health and social care systems.

The Centre has been formed in response to the Creative Health report, the result of a two-year inquiry led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Creative Health report brings together over a thousand published studies outlining the role of arts and creativity in supporting health across the life course.

ACE launches resource to support creativity in schools

Arts Council England has launched The Creativity Exchange, a new platform for teachers and creative practitioners to get inspired and share ideas. The project was developed in partnership with Durham University to explore in practice the Durham Commission's recommendations about the importance of teaching for creativity in schools.


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