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£907m adult social care funding gap in London by 2018 predicted

The funding gap for providing adult social care in London will amount to £907m within five years, according to a new analysis by London Councils, supported by Ernst and Young.

A Case for Sustainable Funding for Adult Social Care sets out the severe financial challenges faced by London boroughs in their provision of adult social care. It highlights how councils are already taking action to narrow the funding gap by working more closely with the NHS, improving procurement and developing new ways to provide social care for older and disabled people.

Older Men Moving: a new health and fitness project, supported by Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

Green Candle Dance Company – has been awarded an Innovation Bursary by the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group to launch a new project aimed at Tower Hamlets’ older men: ‘Older Men Moving’ will, from January 2013, offer weekly dance and exercise sessions to three different men’s groups in the borough. These sessions will continue for a year and participants’ health and wellbeing will be measured at regular intervals, to see what effect movement sessions have on men’s fitness and wellbeing.

The Knee High Project

As part of a new partnership programme with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, the Design Council is running a six month research and engagement project with residents and service providers across both boroughs.

The aim of the work is to identify where the greatest opportunities lie for new or improved solutions, and to support effective innovation.

Wellcome Collection expansion

The Wellcome Collection on Euston Road is planning a £17.5m expansion to create more exhibition space, a new youth events studio and expanded public space. The expansion, due to begin next summer and to be completed by June 2014, has been planned to cope with increased visitor numbers and demand for Wellcome events.


Pop-Up Tea Room Project Wins Community Impact Award

An arts project at one of Central & Cecil’s sheltered housing schemes in St John’s Wood has won an award for its outstanding work in improving the local community.

Arts for Life Launched By Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity

The Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity has launched “Arts for Life”, a three year arts programme for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In collaboration with the Serpentine Gallery, Christie’s and the Royal College of Music, the Charity will develop a series of programmes to integrate arts and health.

As a starting point, the Charity is announcing the formation of an Arts Advisory Board which will assist the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to further its work in the use of arts in health.

BlindArt Collection Donated to Moorfields Eye Hospital

BlindArt – a charity which promotes artists; both sighted and visually impaired, to showcase work which encourages the participation of visually impaired people in the visual arts has announced that its BlindArt Collection will be housed at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London from October 2012. Moorfields was founded in 1804 and is the oldest and one of the largest centres for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in the world.

Breathe, a major new work by artist Dryden Goodwin opens on 8 October

The work will be displayed on a large video screen positioned on Gassiot House at St Thomas’ Hospital, clearly visible from Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Artist Dryden Goodwin has created an animation from over a thousand pencil drawings showing the breathing of his five-year-old son.


London Voluntary Services Council has appointed a new Chief Executive, Eithne Rynne who previously worked at Greater London Volunteering. 

The Old Operating Theatre Museum joins National Trust

The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret formally became a National Trust Partner at the beginning of September. The Partnership is a new venture between the National Trust and a selection of small, independent heritage attractions and museums within London. The Partnership aims to bring enhanced benefits to National Trust members living in London or for those visiting the capital for a day out, helping to provide increased opportunities to explore our rich and diverse heritage.


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