Call for evidence on music and singing

The What Works Wellbeing Centre has issued a call for evaluation reports of the impact of music and singing on the wellbeing of adults. The evidence call is open to “grey literature” which has not been formally published in books or journals.

Inequality in life expectancy grows

New research from City University shows that the gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales is rising for the first time since the 1870s.

The authors attribute the widening gap between life expectancy for rich and poor to lifestyle choices, particularly among men from lower socio-economic groups. The report shows a strong link between poverty and mortality and argues that significant change is needed in Government approaches to tackling the social determinants of health inequalities and public health interventions.

Research links creative social activity improves health

New research published by BMJ Open suggests that membership of social groups such as book clubs, sports clubs or choirs after retirement is linked with improved health and wellbeing.

Cultural Value report pushes for higher-quality evidence

The AHRC’s three-year Cultural Value programme report represents in-depth attempt to understand the difference made by arts and culture across society. The report notes an absence in consistency of research design, and seeks to differentiate between solid evidence and arguments weakened by the conflation of advocacy and evaluation.

Call for abstracts: Encountering Pain conference, London – deadline 18 March 2016

Abstracts are invited from individuals or groups responding to the general theme of communicating and/or encountering pain. These may be conventional conference presentations and posters, visual arts or interactive sessions.

How do we respond when we encounter the pain of another? What happens when our own bodies encounter pain?  What tools do we possess when attempting to communicate pain and are there forms other than language for expressing it? These are some of the questions we will be engaging with.

Arts and Dementia Seminar, Winchester – 29 April

A seminar to showcase and celebrate the innovative work undertaken by the Centre for Arts as Wellbeing at University of Winchester, supported by dementia research undertaken at the Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton.

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Singing research

New research has been published demonstrating the positive impact group singing can have on mental health.

The Sidney de Haan Centre has assessed the impact of involvement in singing groups has had on participants in Kent.


New figures on children’s mental wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics has published new figures on children’s mental health which show that while three quarters of children rated their happiness as high or very high, 1 in 8 children aged 10 to 15 reported symptoms of mental ill-health.

The key findings were that:

Health inequalities in London

Public Health England has published an in-depth report looking at health inequalities within London and highlighting significant differences in health outcomes between London and the rest of the country.

The report shows, for example, that immunisation uptake in London is the lowest in the country and is falling, while rates of childhood obesity in London are higher than anywhere else in the country. The report shows that social, geographical and biological differences may result in people who are worse off experiencing poorer health and shorter lives.

Hospice care outstanding

New figures from the Care Quality Commission show that over 90% of English hospices are providing good or outstanding care.

The figures were released to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (Saturday 10 October). They acknowledge the important contribution that volunteers and allied health professionals make to palliative care including creative interventions and access to arts therapies.


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