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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Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and connection

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing by Olivia Sagan draws on extensive research carried out with mental health service users who are also practicing artists.

Bite Sized

Bite Sized is a new poem which utilises therapeutic writing to explore the experience of a mother with a child who has anorexia.

Created by Fiona Hamilton, the publication of the poem is the beginning of a project, which Fiona hopes to take into clinical and arts settings, to use story, words and movement to engage people with the challenges of eating disorders.

Applications of Drama

Birmingham’s Newman University has published a report looking at the different ways it is exploring the ways drama can be applied in health and wellbeing settings.


New Impact Measurement Tools

Two new impact measurement tools have been launched to help charities to measure their impact on participants and the wider community.

Created by Inspiring Impact (a coalition of voluntary sector umbrella bodies) the tools connect to other resources and online support to increase the social impact made by community organisations.

Medical Artefacts

The illustrated Catalogue of the Symons Collection which is permanently displayed in the Treasures Room at the Royal College of Physicians has been published and is now available online.

It is a collection of medical artefacts including many used by people for self-care.

Nordoff Robbins music therapy publications

Nordoff Robbins has published a range of resources about music and health interventions.

These resources are available along with many others on

National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing publishes All Party Parliamentary Group minutes

As previously reported in this newsletter the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing met for the first time in early July. The meeting was themed around the Care Act and examined the ways that arts and culture can contribute to the quality of care following the Francis Inquiry.

The Farrell Review - Progress Report 01

The authors of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment have published the first of a series of regular progress reports on the implementation and the evolution of the review.

Taking the Lead report and toolkit

Arts Derbyshire, through its programme of Arts, Health & Wellbeing work, has completed a project entitled Taking the Lead. This involved work with three groups of young Derbyshire musicians to develop their musical and leadership skills in care settings in their community. In addition, training for Derbyshire’s music leaders was delivered through three professional development days. 

Navigating the health landscape

'Navigating the health landscape in England' is Clinks' new guide which provides an overview of the new commissioning landscape, explaining the roles of organisations with direct commissioning responsibilities as well as key organisations in a commissioning support role.

Cultural Value and Social Capital

The work of arts and cultural organisations is life-enhancing and delivers positive effects on people’s health and wellbeing and on the strength of their communities, a new report reveals. But much more could be done if cultural organisations and government better understood the impact the arts make.

Data Toolkit

A free online resource for arts and cultural organisations looking to be creative with data has been launched by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). The Data Toolkit is a step-by-step guide to gathering and visualising information, evidence or data in creative ways and involving young people in the process.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks Evaluation Survey of Artists

The majority of socially-engaged arts practitioners feel their work is not valued by the sector as a whole and that there is not enough understanding of its benefits, a new survey has shown.

More Than A Provider: The role of the voluntary sector in the commissioning of offender services

Voluntary sector organisations have played an active and vital role in criminal justice and community safety for over a century. More than just potential providers of services; they are advocates, campaigners, sources of vital information on service user need, a critical eye on existing services and innovators that drive social change.

Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences

Arts Council England have published Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences, an international literature review conducted for them by WolfBrown.