In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

Social investment fund backs the arts

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11 Mar 2015

A new team of investors is offering unsecured loan finance to arts organisations who can demonstrate social, artistic and financial returns.

Mental health in the workplace

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02 Feb 2015

As mental illness contributes significantly to the number of lost working days, Eleanor Deem advises employers to take a proactive approach when dealing with mental health issues.

Demonstrating impact

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14 Jan 2015

A number of challenges face arts and cultural organisations trying to show their impact on public service outcomes. Jessica Harris examines the types of evidence that commissioners want and looks at ways in which arts and cultural organisations have risen to the challenge of providing it.

Getting to grips with commissioning

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14 Nov 2014

In a new series exploring opportunities for arts organisations, museums and library services to engage in public service commissioning, Jessica Harris explains the importance of understanding the outcomes commissioners are looking for.

Save our music libraries

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03 Nov 2014

Local authority cuts mean that some libraries are no longer lending music scores to amateur groups. Barbara Eifler explains why she is campaigning to restore this valuable service.

Arts to be further integrated into medical training

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26 Sep 2014

Healthcare workers will receive arts-based training in an attempt to reduce human error in medical interventions and improve patient safety and wellbeing.

Wellbeing analysis makes stronger case for the arts

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12 Sep 2014

A focus on wellbeing would lead funders to place a greater emphasis on participatory arts, says Parliamentary report.

Mental health problems rife among professional musicians

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29 Aug 2014

A new report coincides with a Channel 4 documentary, shining a spotlight on the challenges faced by musicians.

Compare and contrast

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29 Jul 2014

Having worked in children’s arts and health in a London hospital, Victoria Jones, now in Melbourne in Australia, compares the respective creative programmes.

Health and social benefits spill over from the arts, says report

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18 Jul 2014

Arts organisations call for better evaluation tools as research reveals that the cultural sector is under-selling its role in promoting wellbeing and stronger communities.

Happiness or art?

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30 Jun 2014

The Cultural Value Project examines the value of the arts and culture rather than just its outcomes – and its negative effects. Patrycja Kaszynska introduces the project.

Cultural commissioning potential is unfulfilled, says report

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06 Jun 2014

The arts sector and the public are both missing out due to a communication gap between cultural organisations and local government and health commissioners. 

Arts engagement equivalent to £1k pay rise

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24 Apr 2014

New evidence of the social benefits of engagement in culture boosts the economic case for the arts.

Healthy evidence

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16 Apr 2014

A breakthrough in the way that arts in health programmes are developed and researched is set to transport arts activity into the health research mainstream. Tim Joss explains the power of the new AESOP 1 framework.

Prescribing the arts

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10 Apr 2014

The findings of a visual arts project for people with mental health problems make the case for further investment in the arts, health and wellbeing sector, says Gavin Clayton.

The music, dance and wellbeing mix

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10 Apr 2014

Many participants in the Old Vic’s community projects now lead healthier and more active lifestyles, according to Alexander Ferris and his team.

The patient as artist

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10 Apr 2014

Andy Wild gives an artist's perspective on how his work has had a positive impact on his life since he was diagnosed with cancer.

Dancing to escape

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10 Apr 2014

Dance workshops, courses and events in Somerset have allowed over 400 people with mental health issues to ‘escape their troubled minds’. Viv Gordon discusses their impact.

A shift to sharing values

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10 Apr 2014

A shared set of values to assess quality and outcomes needs to replace providing evidence of clinical effectiveness for arts interventions, believes Jane Willis.

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