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Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance: Practitioner support resources

A range of ideas, opportunities and networks focussed on supporting the wellbeing of cultural practitioners. Curated by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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From surviving to thriving: building a model for sustainable practice in creativity and mental health

This report is the result of a six-month project funded by the Baring Foundation, to understand how to help more people and organisations using creativity to support mental health to survive and thrive. Written by Victoria Hume and Minoti Parikh for the Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance.


Published: 2022 | Resource type: Research

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

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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

Putting passion and purpose on your life map

This article focusses on what it is that nurtures and nourishes us as individuals. The author argues that there are two things that often prevent us from achieving our goals – resistance (stopping ourselves from doing the things we want to do) and taking action (actually putting into practice the things that will get us closer to where ... Read more


Published: 2013 | Resource type: article

Building the evidence for culture and health

Organisations are more readily working in partnership to create various initiatives and approaches to improve health and well-being.  Whilst cultural organisations are committed to this there is a need to evidence the impact and efficacy of work with health sector organisations. This publication is split into three sections. The first includes a model of well-being ... Read more


Published: 2006 | Resource type: Research

Measuring the impact of theatre on wellbeing

The aim of this handbook is to help theatre organisations understand how audiences experience their work. It presents a new model for describing the audience experience, along with standard survey templates and guidance on how to use them in the context of a project evaluation.


Published: 2013 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Arts and health: five ways to wellbeing

The centre for wellbeing at nef was commissioned by the UK Government’s Foresight programme to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal well-being. This report outlines the key findings from the study which firstly focused on the development of a list of evidence-based actions for enhancing wellbeing and then secondly the messaging of those selected actions, ... Read more


Published: 2008 | Resource type: Research