Benefits of the arts

American think tank Createquity has collated and reviewed research into the health benefits of the arts. The organisation has come up with a list of areas where they identify the evidence for the impact of the arts on wellbeing is strong.

The review of research into arts and wellbeing focuses on the benefits of the arts on a range of different wellbeing impact areas: physical and mental health, education and personal development, economic vitality, and social cohesion. The researchers are highly confident that:

Royal Free introduces arts programme

The Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead is establishing a new ‘Arts in Hospitals’ programme. The programme is looking for musicians to support the programme and is seeking to develop a multi-artform offer over time.

Research shows importance of quality in creative engagement

Creative Scotland has published new research into the impact of taking part in creative programmes on young people. It demonstrates that the most effective projects are those where young people are “there to do and make something creative and if there are other benefits that is a bonus. The programmes will not be successful if the participants feel that they are getting ‘youth work by the back door’.”

Wellbeing increase in UK

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show an increase in reported wellbeing for people in England.

The report - based on interviews with 100,000 people covered the period June 2016-June 2017. It showed that average ratings of life satisfaction, feeling that the things we do in life are worthwhile and happiness have increased slightly in the UK and improvements in life satisfaction, worthwhile and happiness ratings in the UK were driven by England, the only country where average ratings across these measures improved.

Clinks health and wellbeing survey – deadline 20 October 2017

Clinks is seeking the views of voluntary sector organisations working with people in contact with criminal justice and/or their families. The survey will be used to advocate for the needs of people in the criminal justice with the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.

Complete the Clinks health and care survey here

Health and Wellbeing Fund – deadline 21 November 2017

The Department of Health and Public Health England have funding available for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to support for social prescribing.

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A Choir in Every Care Home

A new set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music has been published by Live Music Now. Drawn together over the past two years, the new web resource includes a review of research into the impact of music on the lives of older people.

The project is a unique collaboration between 35 leading national organisations from adult social care, music and academic research. It is led by Live Music Now, Sound Sense and Canterbury Christ Church University, and funded by the Baring Foundation. It includes surveys of over 400 care home staff and musicians.

Art of the Possible

The NCVO Cultural Commissioning Programme has published a guide for commissioners of health and wellbeing services on partnering with the arts and cultural sector to deliver better outcomes. Targeted at local authorities, CCGs, hospital trusts and other health bodies, it draws on the Cultural Commissioning Programme’s work over the past two years.

It includes practical guidance and case studies, covering aspects of physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

Wellbeing data 2012-17

The Office of National Statistics has released wellbeing data for the past six years. The personal wellbeing data is searchable by region and indicates that happiness and life satisfaction levels have increased slightly over time.


Be Kind

To celebrate World Kindness Day on Monday 13 November 2017 People United is inviting people and groups from across the UK to apply to own and display a limited edition, free LED sign displaying the message “Be Kind”.

By giving away the ‘be kind’ signs and inspiring people to create their own (see below) the organisation wants to encourage not just specific acts of kindness, but the idea of kindness as a way of being.

Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 24 September 2017.


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