Adding years to life – and life to years
The Cultural Commissioning Programme is a three-year programme running from July 2013 to June 2016, funded by Arts Council England. The programme works to help the arts and cultural sector engage in public sector commissioning and to enable public service commissioners to increase their awareness of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver their outcomes. In this article Jessica Harris, Project Manager, asks 'when will all commissioners recognise that activities like dancing and singing help maintain older people's quality of life and independence?' This article was originally published by Arts Professional.
A slew of reports in recent years have considered the implications of an ageing society and the need to enable older people to have quality of life and maintain independence for as long as possible. There is also a growing body of evidence on the benefits for older people of engaging in the arts, in terms of quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing and reducing isolation.