New LAHF Newsletter - call for submissions

We are taking the opportunity to change the LAHF newsletter too - so, from next month, our newsletter will also become monthly and will be more focused on London news. We want to hear from you about events, opportunities, developments and local stories. We will also be expanding the LAHF blog and are keen to hear from you if you would like to contribute. Perhaps there is an aspect of creativity and health that you think is under-explored, or a problem that you think needs addressing.

New Policy briefing - sign up

The launch of the new Alliance marks a key moment for London Arts in Health Forum. For the past six years we have steered the development of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and supported the establishment of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. Our work will continue, most notably we will be providing a new monthly briefing paper for the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance - this will include policy developments, funding news and national perspectives on the relationship between health and the arts.

Alliance Launch

Last week the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance launched in Birmingham. This is a new, national organisation representing everyone who believes that cultural engagement and participation can transform our health and wellbeing. The Alliance is the result of the merger of the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing with the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. It is free to join, you can just sign up here and, in less than a week, more than 1,000 people already have!

Personal wellbeing in the UK

The latest release from the Office of National Statistics shows a slight increase in reported personal wellbeing over the past year.

The figures also show a slight increase in personal feelings of anxiety. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/bulletins/measuringnationalwellbeing/october2016toseptember2017

Manchester social impact funds

Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority has allocated £7m over the next two years to arts organisations aiming to deliver cultural impact including a range of organisations working in health and wellbeing.

28 organisations are set to receive a share of £7 million investment over the next two years. The portfolio includes emerging arts and social impact organisations alongside established and large scale organisations.

Resource for communities and health

The King’s Fund has brought together a series of articles and links examining the role communities play in health and wellbeing.

The resource dissects the meaning of community and explains the way the NHS is engaging with different groups in diverse ways to tap into the health promoting potential of communities.


Culture is the key indicator of wellbeing in later life

AGE UK has published new research creating an index of wellbeing in later life. The index found creative and cultural participation provided the greatest contribution to wellbeing of all the factors considered.

In ranking creative and cultural participation so highly it was deemed more important by participants than marriage, children, physical activity or illness.

First systematic review of visual arts and mental health

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has published the first systematic review looking at the subjective wellbeing outcomes of engaging with visual arts for working-age adults with diagnosed mental health conditions. The research found strong evidence demonstrating that “visual arts activities, of various kinds, can reduce depression and anxiety and increase confidence and self-esteem.”

Age of Creativity Festival October 2018

The second Age of Creativity festival will run for the first two weeks of October 2018.

Events are being planned now.


Improved wellbeing key reason for participation in creative activity

Voluntary Arts annual survey has found a strong emphasis on mental health as a reason given by participants for taking part in creative activities.


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