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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Mind & Soul Choir

Mind & Soul is a community choir which is open to SLAM service users/staff, their friends and carers, local people and anyone who accesses mental health services.

Enhancing the Healing Environment - Developing supportive design for people with dementia

The design of the built environment can significantly help in compensating for the sensory loss and cognitive impairment associated with dementia, as well as supporting the continued independence of people in hospital who have dementia.

Artist Studio Finder

Artist Studio Finder is an online search facility for artists looking for a studio in London. It provides a central location where artists can quickly and easily find out about available studios across the city. It is a free platform that can be used by any London-based studio organisation to advertise their available spaces directly to artists.

Health and wellbeing boards directory

The King’s Fund have published a directory providing details and contact information for health and wellbeing boards in England.

More than 130 local authorities have signed up to create shadow health and wellbeing boards with their health partners by April 2012, and the directory will be updated as the new boards are established.

Be Creative Be Well Evaluation published

Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing. Within this programme, there were a number of strands of work with Be Creative Be Well representing the importance of art and creativity in health agendas.

State of the Arts Conference 2012

Video and audio content from this Arts Council England event is now available online, alongside the State of the Arts blog.

New Well London Website

The new Well London website has now been launched, containing resources from the lifespan of the award winning project. It includes case studies, videos, and further information across Health Eating, Physical Activity, Mental Well-being, Open Spaces, and Tradition and Culture projects.

Binleys publish clinical commissioning map

More information has been added to the existing clinical commissioning group map with the addition of SHA clusters and PCT clusters.

These transitional organisations have emerged as part of the NHS reform and are in place whilst the Health & Social Care Bill passes through Parliament.

'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing'

The 'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing' publication outlines the programme that the six Renaissance North West museums have been running over the past two years. The programme has been researched by the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. The full research report and report summary are available to download.

Cultural Attendance and Public Mental Health

The research on the health benefits of intensive engagement with creative and cultural activities through art therapy and workshops led by artists is well recognised in the literature on cultural impact. In general, this engagement involves small numbers and, in the current climate, is unlikely to receive sufficient investment to make a difference at a population level.

Art Lift evaluation

The evaluation of the Art Lift project by the University of Gloucestershire is now available. Art Lift is a primary care based art intervention where health professionals refer patients for a ten week art programme, usually delivered in a primary care setting.

Long-term conditions and mental health

More than 4 million people in England with a long-term physical health condition also have mental health problems, and many of them experience significantly poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life as a result.

National Arts and Health Policies Project, Australia – PlaceStories

As part of the National Arts and Health Policies Project, AHF and its project partners Regional Arts Australia (RAA) and the Rural Health Alliance (RHA) have created Arts and Health Stories – a growing online community of artists, arts workers and health professionals from across Australia committed to integrating the arts into federal government health policy.

Qualitative Research in Arts and Mental Health: Context, Meanings and Evidence, Edited by Theo Stickley

This is the first book published in the UK that brings together a range of key qualitative research studies providing evidence for the assertion that involvement in participatory arts can be specifically beneficial to people with a variety of mental health difficulties.

New guidance on strategic commissioning

A new online guide for artists on how to understand and work with strategic commissioning aims to help them respond effectively to changes to the way that councils and public sector bodies are working.