All Party Parliamentary Group meetings

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Arts, Health and Wellbeing will be in November and will focus on local authority and public health commissioning for wellbeing.

Papers for all the APPG meetings including July’s meeting examining the relationship between the arts and The Care Act and featuring contributions from Sir Robert Francis can be found here w:

All Party Parliamentary Group meets

The new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time earlier this month. The meeting was themed around The Care Act and the question: How the arts and culture can contribute to the quality of care following the Francis Inquiry? It was well attended by politicians from both Houses of Parliament and all three main political parties.

Design Council campaign

The Design Council has launched a campaign to improve the ways in which building design encourages active lifestyles. Billed as a response to “an increasing health crisis caused by low levels of physical inactivity and poor diets that affects millions of people each year,” the guidance offers examples of good practice and a number of recommendations for urban designers, architects and builders.

Music therapy and NHS Emergency Planning - a new collaboration

Staff at Chelsea and Westminster in partnership with the music therapy, emergency preparedness and communications departments have collaborated on an infection control campaign. To help boost the numbers of staff having their flu vaccination, teams from across the hospital have joined together to sing about the reasons why staff should protect themselves, their patients and their friends and family from flu. The flu video tells the story of a member of staff who is worried about having his flu jab and colleagues from across the hospital reassure him.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing - 11 December 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts.

It will take place between 17:30 and 19:00 on 11 December 2013 in Committee
Room 18 in the House of Commons.

My Theatre Matters national campaign to support local theatres

The campaign comes in response to a series of damaging cuts in local government funding for theatres across the UK. It features a website where audiences can sign up and download information about how to lobby local politicians to convince them to continue funding theatres in their area.

Audiences are also able to follow the campaign via twitter - @theatre_matters - and on Facebook.


Campaign to reduce mental health stigma

The government and Comic Relief are joining forces to help tackle mental health stigma. This involves funding of up to £20 million for Time to Change, the leading stigma and anti-discrimination campaign, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The campaign involves activities to enable people to meet each other and it provides opportunities for obtaining new skills, improving mental health and boosting confidence. The work also involves a campaign to change public behaviour towards people with mental health issues.


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