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Scottish Arts Therapies Forum calls for contributors for arts and health conference

April 5th, 2011

Scottish Arts Therapies Forum – Call for conference contributors – posted 05.4.2011 deadline: 30 April 2011 Taking place on 8th October, ‘Talking together – Working together: Exploring Arts and Health’ is a conference designed for arts workers/artists/therapists, service users and carers. Presented by the Scottish Arts Therapies Forum (SATF), in collaboration with Voluntary Arts Scotland, […]

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Videos showing Cumbrian health professionals talking about Art and Wellbeing

April 4th, 2011

Video case studies of Cherrie Trelogan (Arts Participation Officer at Cumbria County Council), Dr Jane Mathieson (Public Health Consultant, NHS Cumbria) and Paul Musgrove (Cumbria Public Health Network Manager) describing how they developed a culture and sport outcomes framework. Watch or download the videos here.

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‘Guidelines to Art’ by Society for All Artists

March 28th, 2011

Since the SAA (Society for All Artists) created its ‘Guidelines to Art’ method (you can see the full evaluation done by Nottingham University at it has now trained activity organisers in nearly 600 care homes in the UK, including BUPA, the Order of St John and many others. This has proved very successful and […]

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Job Opportunity for NHS Hull: Arts and Dementia Project

March 24th, 2011

NHS Hull invites applications for arts and health commissions, for creative projects in any artform working with older people in care homes in Hull, including those with dementia. The programme aims to improve quality of life, increase skills and creativity; improve physical/mental wellbeing and raise awareness of the benefits of creative activity. Looking for original […]

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Report on South West Change4Life Dance Projects

March 23rd, 2011

A summary report from South West Change4Life Project, funded by a grant from the Department of Health, illustrated how: • four mass participation dance projects got more than 10,000 people engaged in dance • a SPAR store embraced Change4Life, getting local children ‘W(Rapping) their Way to a Healthier Future’ • local activity run by PCTs […]

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Competition for celebrating the creativity of people with Parkinson’s!

March 21st, 2011

Parkinson’s UK are holding their Mervyn Peake Awards 2011, where anyone suffering from Parkinson’s can enter artwork into the following 4 categories of the competition, which are Photograph, Poetry, Art or Digital art (films up to 2 minutes or digital images), with the chance of winning some top prizes and recognition of your work. The […]

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Campaign on Promoting Square Dancing

March 21st, 2011

A committee are currently working to promote dancing (primarily square dancing, but a bit of round dancing too) and training throughout the UK, as well as hoping to persuade doctors to prescribe dance lessons. For more information on this type of  danicng, visit and, as well as the Facebook page.

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American Music Therapy Association

March 16th, 2011

American Music Therapy Association website provides useful information and FAQ’s about how music can help heal anyone with physical or emotional pain.

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Five ways to wellbeing

September 29th, 2010

A report from a panel of 400 scientists from Foresight, the government think-tank, concluded that there are five simple steps to maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing*. Each step can be taken through creative – and particularly group – activities. * Connect – with the people around you With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At […]

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The effects of visual and performing arts in health care

September 29th, 2010

An earlier 2-year research study (2001) carried out by Dr Rosalia Staricoff at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital explored whether the arts could have an effect on psychological, physiological and biological outcomes of clinical significance.  The results demonstrated that integrating visual and performing arts into healthcare (settings) reduces the amount of drugs consumed, shortens lengths […]

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