Government to boost charities’ role in public services

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16 Aug 2018

A new Civil Society Strategy accepts that “Government alone cannot solve the complex challenges facing society”.

Cultural value research hub backed by 5-year funding

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10 Aug 2018

The research centre will aim to “pre-empt the needless wheel-spinning, data-churning and combative cross-talking that has characterised much of the past debate” about cultural value.

Doctors supported to prescribe arts through new £4.5m scheme

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24 Jul 2018

Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s initiative aims to reach tens of thousands of people across England.

Dance key to tackling obesity in primary schools, says Ofsted

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24 Jul 2018

The subject is seen as a useful way of encouraging children to engage with physical activity, even if they do not like competitive sports.

A place of sanctuary

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19 Jul 2018

Bolton's Octagon Theatre offers refugees and asylum seekers a warm welcome and opportunities to share their experiences. Deborah Dickinson tells the story.

Exploring mental health through dance

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12 Jul 2018

A project in three Manchester secondary schools engaged students in discussions about mental health and enabled them to develop their own creative responses through dance and movement. Kevin Edward Turner tells the story.

Arts organisations tell parliament about social impact of culture

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22 Jun 2018

The first evidence session of a parliamentary inquiry has been accompanied by the release of 235 pieces of written evidence.

New 24-hour helpline for theatre professionals

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14 Jun 2018

The email and phone service, set up by Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, will offer support on health and wellbeing issues.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance appoints first Director

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18 May 2018

Researcher and composer Victoria Hume will take up the role at the new advocacy body in July.

Arts help deliver person-centred care for older people

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11 May 2018

An evaluation of a £1m programme connecting arts organisations and care homes found much more needs to be done to extend the reach of quality arts for older people.

Doctors move closer to unified plan for arts on prescription

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04 May 2018

27 healthcare providers in the North West have committed to developing a cultural prescription plan for new and expectant mothers to give children the “best start” in life.

Arts are best way to boost wellbeing in later life

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04 May 2018

Age UK has called on arts organisations to become more accessible to older people, and on national funders to make ‘age-friendly practice’ a requirement of culture funding.

A happy workforce

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19 Apr 2018

With the Mayflower Theatre recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best organisations to work for, Robin Hancox explains the recent workforce initiatives that helped secure the listing.

UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry

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18 Apr 2018

A call out for evidence seeks submissions on how planning, tax and fundraising reform could support arts organisations to become more sustainable.

Preparing the participatory arts workforce

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12 Apr 2018

Artists need special skills to deliver projects in community settings, including care homes and schools. Evan Dawson explains how Live Music Now supports musicians.

The art of changing lives

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29 Mar 2018

The success of Hull’s year as City of Culture proves the arts have the power to transform lives. Martin Green says it’s time for policy makers to recognise that they are integral to a healthy, happy society.

Arts Council of Wales to deepen links between NHS and arts

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23 Mar 2018

The national funder will look into appointing arts and health coordinators to each of Wales’ health boards to help broker links.

People with dementia need ‘universal access to music’, report says

31 Jan 2018

New research finds listening to music helps tackle anxiety, depression and agitation among people living with dementia, and calls for a dedicated music and dementia task force.

I may be lying down but I'm not lazy

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25 Jan 2018

Raquel Meseguer triggered a security alert when she lay on the floor at the Southbank Centre. She shares the work she has been doing ever since to help arts venues become more welcoming to those with chronic pain.

Parliament to investigate social impact of participating in culture

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18 Jan 2018

The DCMS is seeking to draw the Government’s attention to culture’s impact on education, health and diversity, and create a new ‘joined up’ strategy.

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