Launch of guide for prison staff to enable creativity during Covid-19

Access to creative activity is essential for the wellbeing of people in prison, but understanding how to make it possible in the face of Covid-19 restrictions has been a challenge. A new guide from the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Creativity in a restricted regime, gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can achieve this, in collaboration with education providers, artists and arts organisations – as restrictions ease and prison regimes begin to change.

Join London Arts and Health’s Digital Sandpit

We are excited to launch a Digital Sandpit to give members the opportunity to learn about best practice, host practice sessions, and reflect and share learnings.

The group is free to join, and is a private space where members can chat, share practice, ask questions and help each other.

There are three main ways to engage with the Digital Sandpit:

Don’t miss our myth busting guide to social prescribing

London Arts and Health and the Mayor of London have launched a myth busting guide to help support the hundreds of grassroots organisations in London to become involved in the London recovery plan. The guide aims to challenge many of the myths surrounding social prescribing, tackling areas such as funding, the role of link workers and the importance of strong evidence-based research and evaluation.

Guidance launched for applicants to the Creative People and Places programme

Arts Council England has published guidance on applying for the new Creative People and Places (CPP) programme, 2022-25. For the first time, the CPP programme will be part of the National Portfolio, helping Arts Council England achieve the outcomes set out in its Let’s Create strategy.

Call out for participants for arts in health research project

Roehampton University is seeking participants for a research project commissioned by Moving Pieces that will investigate the potential benefit of their approach to people living with medically unexplained symptoms.

Moving Pieces Collective is an arts in health theatre organisation founded and directed by Charlie Blowers, an experienced arts psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, Feldenkrais practitioner, and performing artist.

New arts and health platform seeks partners

Arts enterprise Aesop is seeking organisations currently working in arts-and-health to help develop and participate in an online platform aimed primarily at people over 60.  The platform will be launched in summer 2021 and will help users find high-quality arts programmes that provide health benefits.

It is hoped the platform will be as comprehensive as possible. To be included, programmes will need independent quantitative evidence of their health outcomes.

Global Social Prescribing Alliance Launch – 26 February 2021

The Global Social Prescribing Alliance is a group of stakeholders active worldwide in the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3. Their vision is to enable thriving communities to deliver a social revolution for their health and wellbeing while generating value. The Alliance aims to establish a global working group dedicated to the advancement of social prescribing through promotion, collaboration and innovation.

Brighton & Hove Arts & Health Network initial meeting – 23 March 2021

Freelance independent practitioners working in the arts and/or health sector and working or living in Brighton & Hove are invited to join the first meeting of the area’s Arts & Health Network.

Launch of National Centre for Creative Health

A new national centre for creativity and wellbeing will be launched on 9 March. The National Centre for Creative Health aims to make creativity integral to health and social care systems.

The Centre has been formed in response to the Creative Health report, the result of a two-year inquiry led by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Creative Health report brings together over a thousand published studies outlining the role of arts and creativity in supporting health across the life course.

Singing for Health Network introduction webinar – 24 February 2021

The Singing for Health Network is launching with a free introduction webinar to share its intentions and consult further on how it can best support the sector. The network aims to support the Singing for Health movement through supporting opportunities for sharing and consolidating intelligence and resources. It seeks to provide a bridge between research and practice, making research accessible and useful to practitioners.

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