Taking baby steps into music

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13 Dec 2018

A non-verbal approach to music-making for the very youngest children offers a comfortable environment for new parents experiencing anxiety, as well as a joyful time for babies, says Hannah Baker.

The arts on a full tummy

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13 Dec 2018

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, based in an area of London with high levels of child poverty, has come to realise that providing low-cost hot meals can help it engage with local families. Tania Wilmer tells the story.

New network to support music and health work

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07 Dec 2018

The initiative will bring together music and health practitioners and provide opportunities for continuing professional development.

Research undervalues social impact of the arts, review finds

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30 Nov 2018

An evidence review concludes that nuances around the impact of arts interventions are being lost as evaluations take “an overly narrow focus on data and measurements”.

Trusting young people in care

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29 Nov 2018

Nathan Geering explains how a hip-hop dance production has helped give a voice to young people in the care system.

Opportunities to take part in music ‘essential’ in care homes, says report

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22 Nov 2018

An evaluation finds that interactive three-month musical programmes had “particularly strong effects upon people’s communication skills and mood”.

Back reading to tackle loneliness epidemic, Government urged

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09 Nov 2018

A new report calls for £200m investment and a national reading movement to improve the UK’s mental health, wellbeing and social mobility.

Government plans social prescribing academy

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09 Nov 2018

The institution will champion non-drug treatments and create a body of knowledge to support healthcare workers.

Reading up on dementia

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01 Nov 2018

In Wales, people living with dementia, and their carers, are being offered fiction as well as self-help books to help them manage the condition, explains Debbie Hicks.

Expansion of social prescribing promised in loneliness strategy

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19 Oct 2018

Arts Council England has been instructed to fund arts and health projects and share best practice.

Culture needs a ‘5-a-day’ campaign, MPs hear

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19 Oct 2018

A committee investigating the positive impact of culture and sport on mental and physical health heard that a lack of funding and the absence of a joined-up strategy prevent initiatives becoming more widely available.

A proud partner of health

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18 Oct 2018

A popular dance-based falls prevention programme offers effective treatment on the NHS, with a growing network of local groups helping older people maintain the benefits afterwards. Tim Joss tells the story.

Creative ageing: a flourishing field

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11 Oct 2018

There has been a dramatic expansion in the number of organisations supporting arts activities by and for older people in the UK - but more still is needed, says David Cutler.

Parlour games

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11 Oct 2018

When a shabby Victorian hall in Greenwich opened its doors to the public several years ago, no one could have predicted how important it would become to supporting social connections among the over-60s, says Daniel Bernstein.

A musical partnership for dementia care

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11 Oct 2018

Players in Stratford's Orchestra of the Swan are trained by charity Mindsong to provide music sessions in care homes. Sue Pope explains how the programme supports wellbeing.

Dancing to South Asian rhythms

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11 Oct 2018

Older adults living with chronic health conditions are improving their physical and mental wellbeing through the joy of South Asian dance, writes Claire Farmer.

Research identifies ‘active ingredients’ in arts and health interventions

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21 Sep 2018

A new report aims to improve the way arts interventions are designed and measured and pave the way for further research.

Embedding the arts in healthcare

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13 Sep 2018

Clinical psychologist Katherine Taylor explains how Greater Manchester is putting the arts at the heart of its mental health strategy, inspired by Finland’s positive experiences.

Tackling isolation in tower blocks

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13 Sep 2018

A project run by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and a housing provider started with cultural visits and ended with a full-scale theatre production. Inga Hirst tells the story.

The circus comes to hospital

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12 Sep 2018

A circus artist helped older people and children develop their confidence and communicaton skills in workshops at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, writes Emma Gladstone.

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