LAHF Newsletter – 7 March 2018

Welcome to LAHF’s fortnightly newsletter, with all you need to know about arts, health and wellbeing! You can click on any of the headlines below to catch up on news, events and everything arts and health. The newsletter's free to all so do forward it on to any colleagues or friends you think might find it interesting.

In this issue



 Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2018
There is now less than a month to get your event included in this year’s festival of arts and health. The focus this year is on quality and we are looking forward to a terrific line up of events exploring this theme across different artforms. For more details and to upload your event for inclusion visit


Local and national
In a new blog, researcher Frances Williams reflects on the way in which different arts in health projects evolve as a result of local contexts and compares activity targeting people with a dementia diagnosis in Wales and in England to examine the contrasts.

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PHE Community Guidance
Public Health England has produced a new set of resources for participatory and community approaches to developing positive health outcomes. The guidance includes approaches to social prescribing and building community wellbeing.

London Borough of Culture
The Mayor of London has unveiled the first £1.35m awards of London Borough of Culture. Waltham Forest is the first borough to be awarded the title - for 2019, followed by Brent for 2020.

Civil Society Strategy
The Government has launched a consultation on civil society to assess what is working well, and what government can do to strengthen it further. The consultation will contribute to the development of a new strategy designed to maximise the impact of charities, government and business on building communities.

Guidance on volunteering
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has produced a set of guidance for charities on engaging with volunteers.

Backbone Fund
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced a programme of five years of support for seven sector support and advocacy organisations including the Cultural Learning Alliance, What Next? and the Clore Social Programme.

Manchester social impact funds
Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority has allocated £7m over the next two years to arts organisations aiming to deliver cultural impact including a range of organisations working in health and wellbeing.

Wellcome’s public engagement fund
The Wellcome Trust has re-opened its public engagement fund with a new set of guidance and procedures for grants of between £25,000 and £250,000.

Personal wellbeing in the UK
The latest release from the Office of National Statistics shows a slight increase in reported personal wellbeing over the past year.

Public satisfaction with the NHS
Newly released annual polling figures have shown a sharp decline in public satisfaction with the performance of the NHS.

Commissioning community activity in health
The King’s Fund has published research into the attitudes of health commissioners working with voluntary and community organisations.

New Arts in Health MSc
King’s College, London is launching a new MSc in Arts in Health from autumn 2019.

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Hysteria - Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed – from 12 March 2018
South London’s Dragon Café is hosting a series of performances, screenings, and discussions to further our understanding of hysteria, its history and its present, by unpicking the social constructs it has evolved in, and asking what is its relationship to mental health today.

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Health and Wellbeing Awards – deadline 20 April 2018
The Royal Society for Public Health’s annual awards are now open for submissions with a specific category dedicated to Arts and Health.

Jobs and commissions

Arts Programme Director – deadline 11 March 2018
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is recruiting for an Arts Programme Director on an 18 month fixed term contract basis.

Managing Director – deadline 13 March 2018
Mental Fight Club (MFC) is seeking an accomplished Managing Director to contribute to organisational development, oversee the delivery of services, and manage its staff and volunteers.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance Director – deadline 25 March 2018
The new national body for arts, museums and health is recruiting a Director to lead the organisation.

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