National organisations

Lisa Biles - Don't Laugh at MeNational Organisations – General

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.

Business Link
Business Link is government’s support for businesses.

CABE – the Design Council
The Design Council is a charity incorporated by Royal Charter and now includes CABE. It’s aim is to promote design and architecture for the public good.

The Charity Commission
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established by law as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The DCMS is responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport, the National Lottery, tourism, libraries, museums and galleries, broadcasting, creative industries including film and the music industry.

The Department of Health
The Department of Health (DH) is a Government organisation, responsible for providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications.

The King's Fund
A charity that seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved, and use that insight to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Specific projects include Enhancing the Healing Environment.

The National Campaign for the Arts
Independent organisation campaigning for the arts.

Nordoff Robbins

Royal Society for Public Health
The Royal Society for Public Health is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and well-being.

Voluntary Arts Network
Voluntary Arts Network aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the UK and ROI, and increasingly in Europe.

Willis Newson
Willis Newson is one of the UK’s leading arts and health consultancies, using art to create positive, welcoming and engaging health & social care environments.


National Organisations – Specific

Arts4Dementia works with arts organisation education departments, mental health and care teams, and other agencies including the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and Dementia UK to set up and facilitate creative projects at arts venues; and to facilitate the spread of best practice.

Breakthrough & Reflections Art in Health Charity
Breakthrough  is a user led organisation  that promotes positive mental health through the creative arts.

British Association for Music Therapy

British Association of Art Therapists

British Association of Dramatherapists


The King's Fund - Enhancing the Healing Environment

Lapidus - Creative Writing for Health & Wellbeing
Lapidus provides training, events, resources online and networking opportunities for people in the area of writing and wellbeing and publishes the Lapidus Journal.

Live Music Now
Live Music Now provides live music to the UK's welfare, educational, justice and health sectors, using specially trained musicians.

Music in Hospitals
Music in Hospitals is a registered charity, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of live music.

National Institute for Creative Ageing

Paintings in Hospitals
Paintings in Hospitals is a registered charity which provides original works of art on loan to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.