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Friendly London

A new report by the Mayor of London highlights the key role that culture plays in supporting people and communities to live happier lives. ‘Friendly London’ looks at the factors that the World Health Organisation considers important in making cities healthy and happy places to live. 

It covers a range of subjects that will affect an individual both inside and outside the home. This includes how they travel and take part in culture and leisure; volunteering; employment; and Londoners' experiences of using health services. 

Bethlem Gallery and Museum formally opened

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry formally opened Bethlem Hospital’s new Gallery and Museum space last week.

Mayor’s response to London Health Commission

The Mayor of London has published his response to the London Health Commission's report 'Better Health for London', including a £250,000 commitment for the London Healthy Workplace Charter.

Directory of health and wellbeing forums in London

An introductory health and wellbeing forum directory for London has been produced to signpost voluntary and community organisations working with a specific focus across the capital.

Produced by LVSC, the directory comprises Health & wellbeing, Equality, faith/interfaith, mental health, BME and LGBT forums and provides a link into specialist expertise in aspects of community health in specific localities.

Good practice in London

The Deputy Mayor for London is seeking short case studies demonstrating good practice in London’s health and care system.  A number of good practice case studies will be included in the London Mayoral response to the publication of the London Health Commission.

London Patient voices sought

The Centre for Public Scrutiny is looking for three patient representatives to join the London Patients Voice, a citizen scrutiny panel.

Londoners’ health

The London Health Commission has issued a call for a range of public health interventions to improve the health of Londoners. The proposals came as a result of a major investigation into London’s health led by Lord Ari Darzi which found half of all adults in the capital are overweight or obese and that 4,200 deaths each year are directly related to poor air quality.

London names three mental health priorities

The London Health Board has identified three key themes to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners: adolescent resilience, mental health in the workplace and the roll out of a London-wide digital support service aimed at supporting Londoners with low- level mental health needs.

Healthy Schools London

Over 1,000 schools in London have now signed up to the Healthy Schools London programme to improve pupils’ health and wellbeing. The scheme aims to use a range of approaches including creative activities to improve children’s health and emotional wellbeing.

Fourth Plinth at Royal London

The two winning maquettes for the next Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square are now on display at the new entrance of The Royal London Hospital. Hans Haacke and David Shrigley were announced in February 2014 as the winning artists for the next two Fourth Plinth commissions in Trafalgar Square. Their artworks will be unveiled in the square in 2015 and 2016 respectively but the maquettes are on display now.

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