Mental health

What makes working in the arts and mental health sustainable?

How can people and organisations survive and thrive in mental health and the arts? The Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance, funded by the Baring Foundation, are running a six-month project to understand more about work with creativity and mental health. They are searching for participants who can answer yes to the following questions:

Grants available for dementia projects - deadline 5 August 2021

Alzheimer’s Research UK are offering grants of up to £25,000 to support public engagement projects that:

Get Creative Outdoors – until late September 2021

Taking part in creative activity and reconnecting with nature can be hugely beneficial for our wellbeing. This summer, Get Creative are inviting people across the UK to do both. Get Creative Outdoors is a campaign and festival that invites people to try their hand at something creative in the open air.

Are you organising a creative event or activity? As long as it takes place outside, gives people the chance to try something creative, is free or low cost, and occurs over the summer months, your event or activity can be part of Get Creative Outdoors.

Dementia Friendly Venues Charter Webinar – 14 to 30 July 2021

The Alzheimer’s Society is inviting organisations to webinar to find out more about the Dementia Friendly Venues Charter – a new partnership with the Mayor of London. In the session, organisations will find out more about the Charter and signing-up process, and information on taking steps to become dementia-friendly. The society also want to use part of the session to get feedback on the Charter framework as they want to develop the Charter collaboratively as well as providing a platform to answer questions.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultancy opening – deadline 9 June 2021

Ripon Museum Trust are looking for someone to work with them on a consultancy basis to help them capture and shape their work, building on their journey to date in line with their new mission and strategy. The successful consultancy must have significant experience in the cultural sector and an in-depth knowledge of the volunteering and health and wellbeing sector and the ability to communicate with and train others in this area. 

Find out more and see the full brief of the job

 

Art & Mental Health with Christopher Bailey from WHO – 30 June 2021

The Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization will introduce his newly established program that looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.

The program sets the research agenda, working with local communities and global media on promoting good health through and with the performing arts.

Find out more and book tickets

Neurophototherapy: Sonia Boué and Jennifer Gilbert in conversation – 18 June 2021

To mark World Autistic Pride Day, Disability Arts Online are hosting Sonia and Jennifer in conversation about Sonia's Neurophototherapy Project that explores the use of photography and collage to recover from a lifetime of identification with the wrong neurological-type.

The project includes a new online exhibition of photo-collages and text called Origin Story and Sonia’s forthcoming guide to Neurophototherapy practice.

The event will feauture BSL interpretation, captions and integrated audio description, and there will be time for live questions at the end.

Thriving Communities webinar: Heritage and Social Prescribing – 9 June 2021

This free webinar, hosted by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, will explore how connecting with heritage and the historic environment can improve our wellbeing, how heritage can be used in social prescribing to increase people’s health and wellbeing and how heritage can work with other sectors.

Speakers will include Dr Desi Gradinarova and Dr Linda Monckton from Historic England, Helen Shearn, a consultant in arts, heritage, health and wellbeing and Jane Brooke from East Kent Mencap.

Final countdown to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021

The final countdown has begun to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021, our annual celebration of the ground-breaking work happening around the country in culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. It’s not too late to enter your own event. Discover our resources here.

How culture and creativity can support changes to the Mental Health Act – 17 May 2021

This webinar follows the closure of the government consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act (MHA) on 21 April. Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, will chair a roundtable discussion to explore how culture and creativity can support the four principles on which the proposed reforms to the MHA are based. They aim to place people at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally.

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