Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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Arts in Health and Arts Therapies - A Statement Of Principles

Arts in health encompasses a number of different areas of practice including improving healthcare environments, participatory arts activity, medical training and arts therapies. Historically  the practice of arts therapy has been held as distinct from the broader field of arts in health; this has been an artificial and unhelpful separation.

GDPR Guidance

Voluntary Arts has produced a useful guide for organisations to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which changes the way organisations must manage people’s data.

Safe to be me

Age UK has collaborated with the older LGBT charity Opening Doors London to produce a free resource pack for professionals called ‘Safe to be me’ that addresses meeting the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people using health and social care services.

Publication Prescriptions: Artists’ Books on Wellbeing and Medicine

The exhibition catalogue Prescriptions: Artists’ Books on Wellbeing and Medicine has been published: it explores the role book arts can play in raising awareness of the richness and value of lived accounts of illness.

Narratives of health and illness: Arts-based research capturing the lived experience of dementia

An open-source peer-reviewed article by Hilary Moss and Desmond O'Neill reporting on three artists’ residencies in a geriatric medicine unit in a teaching hospital.

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Dementia Friendly Screenings: A guide for cinemas

The guide – developed by the Alzheimer’s Society, the UK Cinema Association, and the BFI Film Audience Network – is designed to help cinemas improve their accessibility and become more dementia-friendly.

 
 

Independent Review of the Creative Industries (DCMS)

Sir Peter Bazalgette's review was commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and explores areas in which government and industry should work together to develop a Sector Deal for the Creative Industries as part of the government's Industrial Strategy.

Justifying the arts in health and care in Finland: A discourse analytic inquiry

Located at the interface between arts educational research and cultural health and well-being research, this article published in Cogent Arts & Humanities explicates the interpretative repertoires and discourses used to justify arts in elderly care.

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New Dance Well resource book from Akademi

Akademi has collated exercises and activities specific to South Asian Dance forms across its 18-month Dance Well project for older adults in the form of a free resource book. The book includes tips on working with older adults with cardiac and respiratory diseases, with reduced mobility and those living with dementia.

Quick guide to partnerships between arts organisations and health commissioners

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has co-produced The Art of the Possible with the Association of Directors of Public Health to support closer partnership work to prevent illness and improve existing conditions.

NEA/University of Michigan report on participatory arts and older people

Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts is a detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55+.

Transitions in Later Life – evaluation report

Calouste Gulbenkian and the Centre for Ageing Better have published an evaluation of seven pilot projects from the CG Transitions in Later Life Programme, which explores how psycho-social approaches can help support a more positive transition into retirement and identifies six key elements important for supporting major transitions in later life.

Calouste Gulbenkian report on civic role of arts organisations

Rethinking Relationships maps the current civic roles of arts organisations in England, examines innovative practice, discusses the challenges and opportunities faced, and makes recommendations, based on 20 case studies from the UK and abroad and the perspectives of arts leaders from organisations big and small.

Experiences of Being report into creative arts and dementia

The Beth Johnson Foundation and Anchor, England's largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has produced a report detailing the positive impacts of six months of drama, music and dance workshops at 17 of Anchor's care homes in Surrey, with over 200 residents.

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