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New Hackney mosaics

Hackney Council has unveiled a series of mosaic panels in Shepherdess Walk Park created by people recovering from drug and alcohol problems. Working with artist Tessa Hunkin, project participants worked on the project over a period of 2 years to create the five panels.

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London - the loneliest place in Britain

In the same week as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt decried the “national shame” of loneliness among older people, London was revealed as the loneliest place in Britain with 52% of Londoners feeling lonely “to some extent”. The figures were revealed as part of a BBC survey. The Campaign to End Loneliness reports that loneliness is associated with poor mental, physical and emotional health, including increased rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cognitive decline and dementia.

Profile highlights London’s health inequalities

The latest update of London’s poverty profile – an independent analysis of available data – indicates that the number of people living in poverty in London is significantly higher than the rest of the UK. 28% of Londoners are living in poverty as compared to 21% in the country as a whole; many of those living in poverty are from working families. Further to this, poverty in the outer London boroughs is on the rise. This is the fourth edition of the annual survey (which is carried out by New Policy Institute).

Call to Action in London

NHS England (London) has launched a new publication ‘Call to Action’, which aims to stimulate a public debate about the challenges facing health and care in London.  This builds on NHS England’s national Call to Action document published in July, which made the case for systematic changes to the NHS.  The publication calls for patients, the public and those working for or with the NHS to contribute suggestions and ideas for the ways in which the NHS can meet the diverse health challenges in London.

New forum for arts psychotherapy research

The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training has established a research forum to investigate how the arts psychotherapies professions can work together to achieve large-scale research projects. The forum aims to involve researchers from art, music and drama therapies with a particular interest in defining clinical interventions. The forum plans to meet twice a year in London.

Who’s Who Guide to the Health Service

Regional Voices, which works to champion the role of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care across England, has produced a Who’s Who guide to the key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region.  The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Care Quality Commission, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch. 

Database of arts impacts

London Councils has compiled a database of resources to demonstrate the impact that culture and leisure services can have on economic and social objectives across a range of council services. The database includes toolkits, research and statistics from a range of sources linked to particular focus areas including health, crime, the environment and young people.

w: http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/policylobbying/culturetourismand2012/culturalservices/database.htm

London Health Board launched

The first meeting of the new London Health Board took place on Monday 20 May at City Hall.

The London Health Board is a partnership between local government, the NHS and the Mayor of London. Chaired by the Mayor, the Board comprises 15 members including leaders appointed from London Councils, four mayoral appointments and five health service leaders. 

Deadline for events for London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2013

The deadline for events to be included in this summer’s London Creativity and Wellbeing Week is Friday 17 May 2013.

Central & Cecil wins Growing Localities Award

The ‘Growing Together gardening group’ was the winner in the ‘Nature-themed arts and crafts’ category of the awards, which offer funding for London-based projects that improve local communities and, in particular, the lives of vulnerable people.

The gardening project was run at Cecil Court care home in Kew. During the project, a group of residents worked together on a number of different gardening activities, including making Christmas wreaths and decorations, flower arranging, garden related story telling and poems, and making homes for insects and birds.

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