King’s Fund report finds poorest left behind in fight against unhealthy lifestyles

The proportion of people engaging in multiple unhealthy lifestyle behaviours has fallen significantly according to a new report on the clustering of unhealthy behaviours over time from The King’s Fund. However, almost all the improvement has been among higher socio-economic and better educated groups, exacerbating health inequalities.

Launch of The Audience Agency

The Audience Agency is a new national organisation with a mission to inspire arts organisations to put audiences at the heart of their work. Evolved from an alliance between All About Audiences, in Manchester, and Audiences London Plus, the new venture will provide advice, intelligence and ideas to any cultural organisation planning to grow and engage audiences.

Central offices in London and Manchester will be supported by a team of Regional Directors and associates, working locally to build relationships, understand needs and deliver services.

Artists' work in 2011

a-n The Artists Information Company has published a research paper which forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists.

AQ launches latest findings on Philanthropy in the Arts

Arts Quarter has announced the findings from its survey of arts organisations, asking them to comment on the effectiveness of the Government and various agencies to deliver on the Philanthropy in the Arts Agenda - a set of 10 landmark proposals launched in December 2010 by Culture Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt to improve levels of private sector giving to the arts.

In all, some 361 arts organisations of all scales, regions and artforms took part and shared their concerns via an online survey which was conducted from 20 February - 16 March 2012.

Health and Wellbeing boards, System leaders or talking shops?

A new report from The King’s Fund assesses the ways in which local authorities have begun to develop new arrangements with their partners – the size, composition and ways of working emerging from the shadow Health and Wellbeing boards.

Linking with commissioners

LAHF is planning some research into the barriers, challenges and incentives facing commissioners looking to work with the arts and we are keen to hear from you! We are looking for connections with commissioners (be they from PCTs, Local Authorities, GPs or Acute Settings) in order to find out first hand how we can help improve the opportunities for arts activity to be commissioned in health. So, if you are a commissioner or an arts organisation working with commissioners and would be willing to get in touch as we begin this work, it would be great to hear from you.

Initial findings from the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics has published its initial findings from responses to the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national wellbeing which took place between 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012.

Voluntary Arts partners CRESC to host new £1.5 million research project

A multi-disciplinary team led by CRESC (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Manchester) Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Miles has been awarded £1.5 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a five-year research project under its Communities, Culture and Creative Economies funding programme.

University of Central Lancashire

Is your organisation offering Arts participation, for people with mental health needs for wellbeing and inclusion outcomes?

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been awarded Lifelong Learning Network funding to develop a Post Graduate Certificate focused on the Arts, Social Inclusion and Wellbeing. The course will include a module focused on evaluating Arts, Health and Wellbeing Interventions.

Office for Civil Society and Big Lottery Fund survey of online services - deadline 20 January

The Office for Civil Society (OCS) in the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) are running a joint survey to seek views on how the web is used by civil society organisations to access advice and support, funding information and networking opportunities.


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