LAHF Newsletter – 8 August 2018

Welcome to LAHF’s August newsletter with lots of opportunities and news about creativity, health, wellbeing and culture. Scroll down for jobs, funding news and an update from the organisation. You can click on any of the stories to find out more. Do share the newsletter and encourage others to sign up – it’s free!

In this issue


New government investment in social prescribing
The Minister of Health, Matt Hancock, has announced a £4.5m scheme to support social prescribing. The new fund has the potential to support arts on prescription schemes across the country.

ComRes survey suggests majority of GPs support arts in health
A ComRes survey of over 1,000 GPs, commissioned by Aesop in February this year suggests that over 60% of GPs agree that engagement with the arts can support both the prevention of ill health, and NHS staff. 44% also agree that arts interventions could be a cost-effective contribution to primary care.

Creative Civic Change fund launched
A new partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, Local Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkin Foundation is designed to support empowerment through the arts and creativity. The fund is targeted at areas of England experiencing deprivation in terms of unemployment, poverty or poor health outcomes.

New guide for measuring impact on wellbeing 
What Works for Wellbeing has published a practical guide for small to medium-sized charities or social enterprises seeking to measure their impact on wellbeing – whether this is in terms of health, education or employment. The guide will help you design questions and analyse their results.

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Kids' comic book making workshop, Kentish Town – 22 August 2018
In this creative comic book workshop at Freespace Gallery led by Elsbeth van der Poel, participants will explore their interpretations of the comic book villian. 

Campaign to End Loneliness conference – 9 October 2018
“Be More Us: Belonging and Community” is the Campaign’s fourth annual conference and seeks to celebrate, showcase, and explore the role of culture, sport and the arts in tackling loneliness. 

Power of Music conference, University of Nottingham – 12 October 2018
This one-day conference will focus on music in health and social care, in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health, Room 217 Foundation, Live Music Now, MHA and Lakeside Arts

Engage 2018: A Social Prescription, Manchester – 13-14 November 2018
This year’s Engage conference focuses on collaborations between the arts, health and education and is hosted by the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, a centre for excellence in arts and health.

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Jobs and commissions
Community choir musical director, Watford Palace Theatre – deadline 16 August 2018
A freelance Musical Director is sought to lead the Watford Palace Theatre Community Choir for regular summer and Christmas concerts, community events and fundraisers across Hertfordshire and beyond.

Loans Coordinator, Paintings in Hospitals – deadline 17 August 2018
Paintings in Hospitals is seeking a freelance loans coordinator for London and the south for a 24 month contract based in London Bridge.

Fundraiser, UCLH arts programme – deadline 24 August 2018
UCLH Charity is seeking a fundraiser for UCLH arts and heritage, which serves the Trust and its surrounding community.

Inclusion and Participation Manager, Kent Music – deadline 17 September 2018
Kent music is looking for a dynamic, experienced music educator with considerable experience in the implementation of inclusion strategies, including Youth Voice and working with disadvantaged communities.

Creative and cultural befrienders, Westminster – deadline 30 August 2018
Resonate Arts is seeking volunteer artists of any discipline (visual art, music, drama, creative writing etc) who wish to explore their art with people living with dementia.

Health innovation leadership opportunity – deadline 28 September 2018
The Health Foundation is looking for leaders in health and health care policy and innovation to join the Sciana network.

Best Foot Forward crowdfunder
Best Foot Forward – Dance in Devon's project for older people – is seeking support to continue its work after a successful first year.

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BMJ study suggests art therapy carries important information for clinicians
The US study, led by Dr Girija Kaimal, suggests that artwork created during therapy offered to service men and women may convey valuable information to the treating clinicians about patterns of resilience and risk.

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