London news

Arts 4 Dementia London Arts Challenge in 2012

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D)’s London Arts Challenge in 2012 programme of challenging activities for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, is now part of the London 2012 Inspire programme. From February to September, there will be courses of free weekly workshops art, comedy, scriptwriting and drama, dance, Indian dance, music, photography or poetry and communication at fourteen arts venues around the capital.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GO Create and the Wellcome Trust present the 'Hands On' Project

For the past year, artist Isobel Manning has been exploring the ritual of hand washing in the hospital environment.

Streetwise Opera to give homeless performers a platform in the Olympics at the Royal Opera House

Streetwise Opera will be presenting an Open Mic event called With One Voice on 2 July 2012 during the London 2012 Festival to showcase the skills of 200 performers who have experienced homelessness from all over the UK and abroad.

With One Voice will be hosted by the Royal Opera House in the Paul Hamlyn Hall in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Homeless Link. The evening will culminate in all performers and the audience coming together to sing a newly-commissioned work by composer Gavin Bryars.

London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Local Leaders and Olympic Torch Relay

Various announcements relating to next year’s Olympics have been made, including:

1. Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, announced her plans for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad and launched the website

RSPH Award for Well London

The Well London Alliance Partnership has won a Health Promotion and Community Wellbeing award from the Royal Society for Public Health. The award recognises Well London’s achievements and innovative approach to promoting community health in 20 of London's most disadvantaged areas. The award will be presented at the House of Lords in November. The RSPH will also produce an article for the "Perspectives in Public Health" journal in early 2012.

An Overview of the Health Transition

Regional Voices has updated its briefing about the health transition and the implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS), following the outcomes of the first Future Forum listening exercise. The briefing outlines the 'emerging' clinical commissioning groups, Health & Well Being Boards, HealthWatch, PCT clusters, the NHS Commissioning Board and the transition timeline. LVSC has adapted a London version of this briefing.


LVSC launches On the Radar database

The online database contains in-depth information about voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver public health services in London.

At present On the Radar mainly contains information about alcohol services. However, drug, mental health, healthy eating, physical activity and many others will gradually be added as the database expands.

To find our more, or to register, visit  w:

Big Squeeze survey results published

London Voluntary Service Council  has launched its third Big Squeeze report, which shows that over half (51%) of voluntary and community (VCS) organisations responding to its survey closed services last year due to the impact of the public spending cuts and the economic climate.

London Tuberculosis Plan Consultation – deadline 13 July

London Health Programmes has published a draft London Tuberculosis (TB) Plan to help reduce the TB rate in London by 50% over the next 10 years. TB is a serious problem for the capital; London now has the highest TB infection rate of any capital city in Western Europe.

Stakeholders from across London are invited to respond and contribute to the TB Plan by Wednesday 13 July.

Click here for more information

London Councils express concern over Localism Bill

The Localism Bill starts its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 7 June. While London Councils is encouraged by the aim to empower local communities, there remain several areas of concern for boroughs. In particular, London Councils believes that the bill limits localism and genuine devolution; adopts a uniquely regionalist approach to London; and contains significant centralising elements, in the form of over 140 new powers for the Secretary of State. London Councils will be lobbying on these points in the run up to the second reading.


Subscribe to RSS - London news