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Facing the Future

To kick-start the autumn, LAHF has commissioned a series of blogs about the future of arts and health which we will be publishing daily over the next 2 weeks. The blogs, from leading practitioners working across the spectrum of creativity and wellbeing ask where this work is heading and what challenges and opportunities might open up in the year ahead. The blog series will begin on Monday 10th September and a new blog will be published each weekday until 21st September.

Be More Us

The Campaign to End Loneliness has launched a new movement ‘Be More Us’ which aims to celebrate small moments of connection and inspire people of all ages to share things which connect them to others.

The campaign is inviting people to sign up and share moments of connection “In every conversation, in every relationship, there is an opportunity to be ‘Us’ and find something more that connects us.”

https://bemoreus.org.uk/

Civil Society Strategy

The Government has launched a consultation on civil society to assess what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. The consultation will contribute to the development of a new strategy designed to maximise the impact of charities, government and business on building communities.

Volunteering in general practice

The King’s Fund has published a report exploring the contribution voluntary and community organisations can make to general practice including through collaborations involving social prescribing.

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-02/Volunteering-in-general-practice-full-report.pdf

AD:UK closing

Arts Development UK, the national association for people working in arts development and local authorities has announced that it is to close. The result of reduced income from over-stretched local authorities, the organisation is likely to close next month.

Take part in the Westminster Hall Debate on the Effects of the Arts on Health – 11 October 2017

The debate takes place from 4.30-5.30pm. Please spread the word via your networks and tweet about it using the hashtags #APPGAHW and #ArtsHealthWellbeing.

Be Kind

To celebrate World Kindness Day on Monday 13 November 2017 People United is inviting people and groups from across the UK to apply to own and display a limited edition, free LED sign displaying the message “Be Kind”.

By giving away the ‘be kind’ signs and inspiring people to create their own (see below) the organisation wants to encourage not just specific acts of kindness, but the idea of kindness as a way of being.

Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 24 September 2017.

Family Arts Campaign launch new Age-Friendly Standards

The Family Arts Campaign has launched new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members. There are already 65 early adopters of the Age-Friendly Standards including Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Blackpool Grand Theatre.

National Campaign for the Arts pushes government on education

In a statement released after the general election, chair of the NCA, Samuel West, has expressed “huge concern” at the absence of arts in education n the conservative manifesto, and has called on the new government to “find more room in the Primary curriculum for the arts, ensure all schools are properly funded to allow for trips to theatres, museums and galleries and think again about the downgrading of arts subjects through their exclusion from the EBacc”.

We need an “outbreak of kindness”, says Campaign to End Loneliness

At a speech for the Women’s Institute annual conference, the Campaign has called for a “community-wide response” to the growing crisis of loneliness and its wider impacts on health and wellbeing. The Campaign has pointed to the fact that although we associate loneliness with old age, this is now affecting adults and children, too. The Jo Cox Commission revealed that more than a fifth of the British population privately admit they are “always or often” lonely.

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