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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New report highlights injustice in relation to disability in Britain

"Being disabled in Britain: A journey less equal" highlights the many disadvantages and inequalities still faced by disabled people, including those with mental health problems. The report is designed to help UK and devolved governments improve law and policy to ensure services meet the needs of disabled people, and to support disability groups by strengthening their case for change.

London Mayor spearheads bid for creative hub in Thames Estuary

Sadiq Khan is calling on the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission to commit to a new centre for the creative industries, aligning London with a national movement to ensure the creative sector remains at the heart of the government’s new industrial strategy as the UK leaves the European Union.

New strategy to improve children’s reading

A coalition of charities and educational organisations has launched a strategy with a number of recommendations designed to get every child leaving primary school to read well by 2025. The strategy is designed to improve children’s health and social outcomes through improved literacy and a love of reading.

Junior doctors vote to end new contract

The dispute between government and junior doctors continues, as the BMA reports the Junior Doctors Committee voted on 20 February to end the imposition of the new contract.


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