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A new report has called for health commissioners to fund and support good evaluation of the impact of the voluntary and charitable sector on 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.

A new report has revealed a £236m or 17% decline in local authority cultural spending since 2010. London boroughs saw the largest cuts in arts and culture spending; 19 per cent between 2010 and 2015.

A reading list of 35 books selected by mental health experts and young people has been launched with the aim of supporting young people’s mental health.

A new study, from UCLA Medical Centre and University of Pittsburgh and published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests that a range of physical activities including gardening and dancing, can increase brain volume.

A new survey has shown 85% of people think GPs and pharmacists should be signposting people to physical activity programmes to support their mental health.

The Government’s Leadership for Libraries Taskforce has published a toolkit for communities and local authorities looking to establish community libraries.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has published its report on the value of culture following a three year investigation and the commissioning of 70 different pieces of research.

A group exploring dementia and the arts has been invited to take up a two year residency in The Hub at Wellcome Collection.

The Government has promised to respond to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts Health and Wellbeing’s recommendations for the role of culture in health and wellbeing when the results of the APPG’s inquiry is published next year.