Public health

East Midlands CHWA Gatherings – 28 & 29 July 2020

Rachel Howfield Massey (Arts and Health Derbyshire) and Laura Phillips (Derby Museums) are hosting the second series of East Midlands CHWA Network Events, via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet other culture and health practitioners from the region, find out how everyone is doing and think about what is wanted from a regional network. The discussions will be centred around the question: Have we found ways to create intimacy at a distance, particularly in relation to digital poverty?

Call for papers on arts, creativity and health

Public Health, an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, has issued a call for papers for a special issue centred around arts creativity and health. Submissions covering original research and reviews are welcomed from across the spectrum of arts and culture to include: performing arts, visual and creative arts, museums, libraries, archives and other types of heritage, such as archaeology and natural heritage, where creative tasks and activities have been invoked to support health and wellbeing.

UK government announces long-awaited arts, culture and heritage coronavirus rescue package

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries, to aid recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Emergency grants and loans will be made available to thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access.

The package includes:

Call for chapter proposals for Art Psychotherapy book – deadline 23 June 2020

Jessica Kingsley Publishers is seeking 2,000-word chapter proposals for Art Psychotherapy: Innovative practice and new perspectives (working title). The book will capture the range of current activity in the vanguard of Art Psychotherapy practice and research. It will be co-edited by Helen Jury and Ali Coles, editors of Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice.

Older citizen community dance programme proved effective at fall prevention

Dance to Health, a community dance programme for older people, has published its phase one evaluation report on the programme’s effectiveness on addressing prevention of falls. The report, produced by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre, found there was a 58% reduction in the number of falls experienced by participants in the previous 12 months.

The report also found positive improvements in participants' physical and mental wellbeing, including:

UCL survey of Covid-19 adult health behaviours study seeks participants

A study aimed at understanding the impact of Covid-19 on adult behaviours which contribute most to avoidable deaths in the UK has been launched by the UCL Department of Behavioural Science & Health and the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change. The survey, produced in collaboration with Action on Smoking and Health, Public Health England and Cancer Research UK, examines how the coronavirus pandemic has affected adult tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), exercise, diet and alcohol use.

Climate Literacy 101 Support Programme – 4 & 11 June 2020

As part of the Arts Council England environmental support programme, Julie’s Bicycle is running a series of introductory webinars on creative climate action.

Creativity and Wellbeing Week reimagined

We are happy to share that, alongside our partners the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA), we have re-imagined Creativity & Wellbeing Week 2020.

We may not be able to come together in the same way, but we do want to provide a space where people can celebrate the incredible individuals and organisations that work in this sector. 

South East Museums: Heritage, Health & Wellbeing Webinar – 17 April 2020

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance South East Museums Champion, invites you to join a free webinar, to discuss what Heritage, Health & Wellbeing practice looks like in a digital landscape. The webinar will draw on National guidance and current best practice to help you to design, implement and deliver digital Health and Wellbeing content to support your audiences and teams during the Covid-19 crisis.

Social study of Covid-19 to examine impact of social isolation

MARCH Network has launched a study into the psychological and social experiences of Covid-19 in the UK.

The study aims to understand the effects of social isolation on individuals. The results will be used to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.

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