Local government guidance for tackling loneliness

The Local Government Association has published guidance for tackling loneliness including establishing community choirs and engaging with local voluntary organisations. The guidance is targeted at reducing loneliness among older people but can be applied across the population

Arts Council publishing arts in health advocacy

Arts Council England has published a series of essays on the health benefits of the arts by authors including Andrew Marr and Jan Burkhardt.

The essays are part of the Arts Council’s ongoing Create series which was launched with a powerful polemic about the role of arts in health by Professor John Ashton.

Arts Council promoting #culturematters

Arts Council England has produced a short film to make the case for arts and culture in England.

The 60 second film is designed to be shared and promoted via social media and sent to policy-makers and politicians.

Pressure on hospitals to welcome carers

An Observer campaign launched in November 2014 is maintaining the pressure to give the carers of those living with dementia the right to stay with them in hospital, in the same way that parents stay with their sick children.

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More dance in London schools

A collaboration between the Mayor of London and London dance companies should see more opportunities for children in London schools to take part in dance.

Guidance for communities to become dementia friendly

New guidance has been issued for communities to achieve Dementia Friendly Community status. It sets out a framework communities can work to in order to achieve a kite-mark recognising their dementia-friendly status.

Music Therapy Week

This week is Music Therapy Week which this year is focusing on the role music therapy has to play in supporting people with dementia and those who care for them.

Chairs of Select Committees

MP Sarah Wollaston (who is a Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing) has been re-elected as the Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee for Health. Jesse Norman MP has been elected Chair of the Culture Select Committee.

The Committees work to scrutinise the actions of Government and to explore particular areas of policy.

Friendly London

A new report by the Mayor of London highlights the key role that culture plays in supporting people and communities to live happier lives. ‘Friendly London’ looks at the factors that the World Health Organisation considers important in making cities healthy and happy places to live. 

It covers a range of subjects that will affect an individual both inside and outside the home. This includes how they travel and take part in culture and leisure; volunteering; employment; and Londoners' experiences of using health services. 

BBC launches Get Creative

The BBC has launched Get Creative, a year-long celebration of arts, culture and creativity. Designed to encourage participation in the arts the programme starts with a series of debates about the impacts of the arts.

From digital art to fine art, from design to ballet, from poetry to hip-hop, Get Creative celebrates all forms of art. It has a dedicated website and series of programmes across all BBC platforms.



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