Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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New Resources from the Cultural Commissioning Programme

The NCVO’s Cultural Commissioning Programme has updated its website with a range of new resources for arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners.

Among the resources available are some to help with:

Table of Directors of Public Health

Public Health England has published a list of all 113 Directors of Public Health in England.

The list provides a useful resource for people seeking to access local commissioners. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directors-of-public-health-in-england--2

New Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing

The Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellbeing will be launched at an event on 20 January 2016 6.30pm – 9pm at the Southbank Centre.

Dance and Parkinson’s

A new research study into the mark Morris Group’s Brooklyn Dance for PD programme has found that participants experienced significant improvement in overall movement, particularly walking.

The study, published in Journal of Neural Transmission, found participants reported feeling better and empowered and enhanced quality of life.

Music and Social Change

Researcher Francois Matarasso has published a paper exploring issues in delivering music projects aimed at tackling health and social outcomes.

https://arestlessart.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/2015-music-and-social-change.pdf

Technically Older

The Baring Foundation has published a report looking at some of the challenges in delivering digital arts activity with older people.

http://www.baringfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TechnicallyOlder.pdf

An alternative guide to mental health

The King’s Fund has produced an animated alternative guide to mental health services in the UK. The animation explores the range of services available highlighting key issues in mental health provision.

NCVO guidance on DBS checks

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a helpful blog offering suggestions and guidance for charities and organisations needing to carry out DBS checks (formerly CRB checks) on staff and volunteers.

The blog can be found at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/09/16/a-guide-to-dbs-checks/

Special issue of Arts & Health: Culture, museums and wellbeing

Arts & Health – the international journal for research, policy and practice – has published a special issue focused on culture and museums, edited by Helen Chatterjee and Paul Camic.

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Toolkit: Singing & Dancing for Older People's Health and Wellbeing

Arts for Health Cornwall has created two toolkits to provide ideas, advice and inspiration to help care staff to begin singing and dancing sessions in their care settings.

The toolkits were developed from projects that have taken place in care settings across Cornwall, pulling together the experiences and knowledge of care staff and practitioners.

Short guide: 'Music & Autism: Creating a social & participant-led environment'

A new booklet from Sound Connections based on a 2015 training session with music and autism specialist Tina Pinder.

w: http://www.sound-connections.org.uk/news/making-music-with-young-people-on-the-autistic-spectrum

 

The participative arts for people living with a dementia: a critical review

A review contextualising the role participatory arts play for people living with dementia and provides an overview of some of the art forms that are most widely used, from storytelling to signing to museums. The review explores the many benefits of the arts for those with dementia but also the knowledge gaps in the field.

Diary project documenting life with mental health difficulties

A Day in the Life – a year-long project to collect the everyday experiences of people who experience mental health difficulties in England.

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Case studies from the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice

These case studies focus on interesting collaborations happening between arts organisations and criminal justice organisations, exploring how they work together and the impact this has on participants and the process of rehabilitation.

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Exposure to nature and art boosts immune system

Researchers have linked positive emotions—especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art, and spirituality—with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder.

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