Wellbeing

AHSW seeks Chair of the Board of Trustees – deadline 25 June 2021

Arts & Health South West (AHSW) is looking for an inspiring and dynamic new Chair to join its strong board of committed and proactive trustees and small and efficient team of staff. The current Chair, Sue Isherwood, is having to stand down after 10 years.

The new post holder will take AHSW into the next stage of its development and should be passionate about the field of arts and health and committed to advocating for the benefit of the arts for health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultancy opening – deadline 9 June 2021

Ripon Museum Trust are looking for someone to work with them on a consultancy basis to help them capture and shape their work, building on their journey to date in line with their new mission and strategy. The successful consultancy must have significant experience in the cultural sector and an in-depth knowledge of the volunteering and health and wellbeing sector and the ability to communicate with and train others in this area. 

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Art & Mental Health with Christopher Bailey from WHO – 30 June 2021

The Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization will introduce his newly established program that looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.

The program sets the research agenda, working with local communities and global media on promoting good health through and with the performing arts.

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Thriving Communities webinar: Heritage and Social Prescribing – 9 June 2021

This free webinar, hosted by the National Academy for Social Prescribing, will explore how connecting with heritage and the historic environment can improve our wellbeing, how heritage can be used in social prescribing to increase people’s health and wellbeing and how heritage can work with other sectors.

Speakers will include Dr Desi Gradinarova and Dr Linda Monckton from Historic England, Helen Shearn, a consultant in arts, heritage, health and wellbeing and Jane Brooke from East Kent Mencap.

Social prescribing programme to be rolled out across London

Prescribing Medicine’s successful pilot project, ‘Creative Health & Social Prescribing: A Workforce Development Programme’, involved scoping, designing and delivering a modular training programme for GPs, link workers, artists and arts organisations in Southwark and Merton.  

Final countdown to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021

The final countdown has begun to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021, our annual celebration of the ground-breaking work happening around the country in culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. It’s not too late to enter your own event. Discover our resources here.

Art Therapy Practice Research Network Symposium – 4 June 2021

This symposium, hosted by the British Association of Art Therapists, will include presentations on the best coproduction approach in different areas of art therapy practice and research. Art therapy and coproduction have much to offer each other. Coproduction strengthens art therapy theory and art therapy gives voice and inclusion to those verbally challenged by developmental, cognitive or traumatic barriers.

How culture and creativity can support changes to the Mental Health Act – 17 May 2021

This webinar follows the closure of the government consultation on Reforming the Mental Health Act (MHA) on 21 April. Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, will chair a roundtable discussion to explore how culture and creativity can support the four principles on which the proposed reforms to the MHA are based. They aim to place people at the centre of decisions about their own care and ensure everyone is treated equally.

WHO project aims for large-scale integration of arts and culture within healthcare sector

WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund are partnering up to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider healthcare sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, the project will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, healthcare practitioners and policymakers from different countries.

WEA London Festival – 26 June to 16 July 2021

During the pandemic, adult learning charity WEA ran over a thousand courses online from ESOL to Art History.  Over the summer it has organised the London Festival - a series of events and walks in the capital.

Stroll out of Lockdown and enjoy re-engaging with people, places and learning. Walks will include sketching in Regent’s Park, exploration of Egyptian treasures at the British Museum and drawing the London skyline. Each guided walk is led by a WEA tutor and limited to 12 people at each event.

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