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Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance: Social prescribing – facts and links

A list of useful facts, links and resources compiled by the Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance to help you navigate the intricacies of social prescribing.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Social prescribing myth buster

A comprehensive guide by London Arts and Health designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding social prescribing in the arts and cultural sector.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Reflecting Value Ep 1: Bringing two worlds together

The first episode of Reflecting Value explores the ways in which the cultural sector is conveying its value to the health and social care sector.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

Reflecting Value Ep 2: Making room for one another

In the second episode of Reflecting Value we focus on the specific role of culture in addressing health and wellbeing needs.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Podcasts

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Research digest: training and development of healthcare students

What is the value of using arts and cultural approaches to train and develop healthcare students? Find out in our research digest.

Published: 2021 | Resource type: Research

Webinar: Culture on referral: sharing our findings

With a growing belief that there is an important role for the arts and culture in supporting people’s health and wellbeing, the Centre for Cultural Value has published a research digest, summarising the evidence surrounding culture on referral and arts on prescription programmes. This online discussion session shares the findings, and opens up the conversation ... Read more

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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Sharing learning: Aesop

In this series of learning case studies, cultural practitioners share their reflections and learning honestly, so others can learn from and build on their experience. In this example, Tim Joss from Aesop shares learning from the Dance to Health programme and the role research and evaluation played in the programme itself and the learning it ... Read more

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Case studies

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Research digest: Culture on referral

Explore the evidence surrounding culture on referral programmes (also known as arts on prescription) and the implications for cultural sector practitioners and policymakers. This research digest reviews and summarises the academic literature and identifies where there is evidence and where further research is needed.

Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

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Raising dementia-awareness through touring to libraries

Human Story Theatre share their findings on the health impacts on audiences, and on performing a health-related play in English libraries, based on two tours of their dementia-focussed production Connie’s Colander in 2018 and 2019.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Case studies

Health and Wellbeing – China Plate’s Artist Wellbeing Policy

China Plate are committed to enabling and facilitating professional, ethical and productive working environments for artists that stimulate creative freedom and risk whilst safeguarding physical and mental health and wellbeing. Their research has resulted in their Artist Wellbeing Policy.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Think Piece: Mindless or Mindful?

Sebastian Cater asks what can we do to make mindfulness less of a dirty word at work. Plus useful tips to create a personal Mindfulness Manifesto to use as a guideline for how to live a healthier, more balanced working life.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research

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Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

The Inquiry Report, Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – Second Edition, presents the findings of two years of research, evidence-gathering and discussions with patients, health and social care professionals, artists and arts administrators, academics, people in local government, ministers, other policy-makers and parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Dance to Health achieves better outcomes than the primary falls prevention programme

Aesop shares the results of its falls prevention dance programme, Dance to Health.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Research

Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

Explore appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing in this framework by Norma Daykin and Tim Joss (Aesop). The framework was commissioned by Public Health England.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Dance to Health classes improve health and wellbeing of older people

Discover top tips for recruiting participants for older people projects and responding to health and social issues. Plus gain valuable insight into Grants for the Arts funded projects.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Case studies

Prescribing books in a mental health service

The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme was launched in June 2013 and provides self-help reading for adults based on cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. This case study by The Reading Agency, describes how iCope – Islington Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

How the arts can make a difference to community cohesion, social well being and rural regeneration

This publication from the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts features 10 case studies that show the role arts can play in helping to build inclusive, cohesive groups and address health and social concerns. 

Published: 2012 | Resource type: Case studies

Music and healthcare: the benefical impact music has on health

This study by US based consultancy WolfBrown was commissioned by the Musical Connections program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  In 2011, on the back of the apparent success that Musical Connections had on impacting participant’s lives, Carnegie Hall made a decision to roll the program out on a national level.  In preparation for this ... Read more

Published: 2011 | Resource type: Research

Museums, libraries, archives: how they contribute to the community

Museums, libraries and archives have a role to play in achieving important community and local authority agendas. This report gives numerous examples of how the sector makes a unique and effective contribution to the following areas: building stronger and safer communities, helping children and young people, improving adult health and well-being and building a strong ... Read more

Published: 2008 | Resource type: Research

Inside the edge – the search for 21st century people

Key to the success of the arts and cultural sector’s ‘design for transition’ will be the people who work in, and with, its organisations. Learn more about plans to identify the 21st-century competencies that already drive success in the arts and cultural sector, and how they might be developed in people to create environments in ... Read more

Published: 2008 | Resource type: article