LAHF Newsletter – 31 October 2018

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In this issue








A new Director for LAHF

The Trustees of London Arts in Health Forum are delighted to announce the appointment of Jenni Regan as the new Director of LAHF. Jenni will be taking up the post in early December. Jenni spent over a decade at the BBC producing news and current affairs programmes, as well as mentoring young people in film projects. She will be leaving her current post as Media Engagement and Awards Manager at mental health charity Mind where she leads the yearly awards which celebrate good coverage of mental health, and works with the media, theatre and films to improve portrayals of mental health.



Join the consultation on Arts Council England's new strategy
ACE is running a series of consultation events across the country for its new 10-year strategy, including events in London between 6 and 14 November. The framework features health and wellbeing more prominently than previous ACE strategies. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is developing guidance for organisations and individuals wishing to respond.

New Loneliness Strategy lists arts and culture as key areas

The government's new Loneliness Strategy, published on 16 October, discusses a cross-governmental approach to loneliness, stating that "the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will work with Arts Council England to address loneliness through its programmes, as well as utilising the loneliness measure in its work."

Arts leaders risk burnout

A recent report on cultural leadership has called for more diverse leadership, and indicated that arts leaders' creativity and capacity to problem-solve is being impacted by the precarity of the sector.

New Nesta fund for arts organisations demonstrating social impact

Nesta's new £3.7m fund will make small repayable loans to English arts, cultural and creative organisations to support increased social impact and resilience.

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A Mindful Mess, Poplar – 9-11 November 2018

Sunday Assembly East End, Poplar Union and Antenna Collective are hosting a free three-day arts festival exploring the mind, and promoting mental health and neurodiversity.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, free tour – 2 November 2018

An introduction to the Museum’s permanent displays, highlighting objects, artwork, photographs and the interactive exploration of mental health care.

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Jobs and commissions

Design Manager, CW+ – deadline 2 November 2018

CW+ is the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Design Manager will report to the Director of Patient Environment.

Arts Therapist, Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre – deadline 12 November 2018

GLYPT are seeking a registered therapist for their "Whatever Makes You Happy" programme, with significant experience of working with vulnerable children and young people.

Entelechy Arts general manager, SE London – deadline 16 November 2018

Entelechy Arts works with older people and those with complex disabilities; its programmes include Meet Me at the Albany and the first Festival of Creative Ageing for Lewisham in 2019.

Training and education

Dementia and the Arts, free online course – starts 19 November 2018

This online course is designed to explore and challenge perceptions of dementias through science and the creative arts.

Music Care training, Nottingham – 21-22 November 2018

Music Care Training is suitable for healthcare providers, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers and any other community members who would like to learn how to care using music. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Cascading leadership, King's Fund – apply by 30 November 2018

A free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.

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Arts Professional special issue on older people and the arts

This recent special edition of Arts Professional explores a number of programmes designed to support older people, and describes creative ageing as a 'flourishing field'.

NOAH releases new ethical code for arts in health

The US National Organization for Arts in Health has developed a new code of ethics for arts in health professionals.

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