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Although there is increasing interest from health and social care providers in engaging older people in arts activity, a huge challenge is paying for it. Damian Hebron and Karen Taylor summarise a report they have written on this issue.
Paul Cann believes that the longstanding exclusion of older people from the arts will be changing thanks to a new online initiative which promotes everything from projects to resources to jobs.
Susan Oman says the measures for assessing national wellbeing will be irrelevant before we even begin measuring
Clive Parkinson sees the danger of arts/health practice becoming a “bland cultural sub-species, offering the marginalised a transient feel-good factor”, watered down to fit the paymasters’ needs
The wellbeing agenda is developing alongside a demand for evidence-based practice. Daniel Callcut explores what this means for arts organisations
Theatre has the potential to create profound and lasting wellbeing in young people. Emily Hunka explains how GLYPT is making a difference
By collaborating with staff at local doctors’ surgeries, Dulwich Picture Gallery has found a sustainable channel for reaching out to isolated elderly individuals. Madeline Adeane explains
Meg Attwood explains how enlisting the help of evaluation consultants helped arts-based Community Interest Company Light Box gain credibility and stay on the right track
Dr Alan Clarke shares what he has learnt from a career running arts projects in prisons across Europe
William Wong asks what can the arts do more of and differently to encourage mindfulness?
Hannah Hull discusses the paradox of being an arts and wellbeing advocate
Can personal wellbeing improve when we start to focus on others’ wellbeing? Matthew Taylor describes a mental health project that put this to the test
Bridget McKenzie makes the case for a more eco-conscious arts sector, working to help restore the biosphere and generate capital from it
Kate Massey-Chase sees storytelling as fundamental to wellbeing because it helps us to understand who we are