Tagged: Health and Wellbeing

Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing Report

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing’s second report Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing has now been launched and is available to download from our website here. 

It explores in greater depth the development of museums, health and wellbeing work and is based on findings from a second sector-wide survey and other consultation including our 2017 regional training events.

With a foreword by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive from Public Health England who says: ‘This excellent report provides the basis for the health sector to strategically embed the role of the museums and heritage sector at a national and local level to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.’ 

Part 1 illustrates a wide range of creative and innovative provision through case studies. It is organised in six sections to show how the heritage sector is responding creatively to a cultural and policy-making landscape undergoing rapid transformation consequent upon: demographic changes, the cumulative effects of entrenched health inequalities, the growing importance of ‘green wellbeing’ and other key areas.

Part 2 reports in more general terms on how the sector is meeting organisational opportunities and challenges in five areas: new audiences, partnership, evaluation, organisational change and funding.

 

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New National Alliance for Culture, Health and Wellbeing Launched

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a new national organisation for all who believe in the value of cultural engagement and participation for health and wellbeing. It will advocate for the work, provide training, resources and events, and develop understanding of how participating in cultural activities can help individual and community health and wellbeing.

For many years, organisations around the country have been working in hospitals and care homes, in museums and galleries and community spaces creating cultural opportunities for people living with physical and mental ill health. Now, for the first time, these organisations are coming together to provide a shared and collective voice for this work. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance brings together the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing with the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and involves 50 leading organisations.

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a free membership organisation and will provide monthly updates on policy and developments in the field, access to resources and research, as well as deliver training, conferences and events. It will advocate for the importance of cultural engagement for the health and wellbeing of everyone in society. It will work closely with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing to bring about a step change in policy and delivery, and will focus on a strong regional infrastructure to support development and progress in the field. The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance is an Arts Council Sector Support Organisation, joining the National Portfolio of Organisations.

To find out more and to join the new Alliance, please visit: www.culturehealthandwellbeing.org.uk.

Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference

Thinktank, Birmingham
Tuesday 13th March

The line-up includes speakers Emma Hanson the Head of Strategic Commissioning Adult Community Support from Kent County Council and Jane Povey GP and Founding Director of Creative Inspiration Shropshire. Workshop sessions will explore green wellbeing, evaluation, embedding wellbeing as an organisation, working with learning disabled artists to design and deliver arts activities for children and families and much more!

Tickets for the conference will go on sale on 5 January 2018 click here.

Dementia Friendly Heritage Guide

The Heritage Lottery Fund and Alzheimer’s UK have joined forces with a number of leading heritage organisations to launch a guide to creating dementia friendly heritage experiences. It includes practical advice from sites across the country who have been experimenting with innovative ways to engage visitors with dementia.  It acknowledges that heritage sites can be intimidating places for the 850,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia. They can be unpredictable spaces, which are disorientating and complicated to navigate. The complex history and timelines they explore can prove challenging for people with memory problems.

The guide highlights a number of creative ways heritage organisations have been responding to this challenge. It notes that heritage sites often rely on older audiences, who generate 20% of the sector’s income. People living with dementia want to be able to continue to do things they enjoy doing. Failing to adapt to their needs could prove costly: the more accessible the experience for people living with dementia, the more likely heritage sites are to retain existing visitors, and reach new ones.

Find out more and download the guide at: www.alzheimers.org.uk.

Third National Museums & Wellbeing Week and Conference

12th – 18th March 2018

The third Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place between 12-18 March 2018. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing will co-ordinate the week, which will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are either already doing in the field or would like to pilot.

Get involved!

We want to hear from you if you’re a museum, cultural or heritage organisation whatever your size and are interested in:

  • Showcasing what you’re already doing and badge your existing health and wellbeing provision
  • Piloting and developing new activities or running a one-off activity
  • Setting up a pop-up information stand for an afternoon or even an hour with a member of staff, volunteer or freelance artist
  • Publicising your events through Twitter with event hashtag #museumsandwellbeing 

How to get involved


Third Museums for Health and Wellbeing Conference
13th March 2018

Tickets are now on sale for our third conference at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018. We’re pleased to announce that the future Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance will be officially launched at the conference. To find out more about the new Alliance please see here.

The line-up includes speakers Emma Hanson the Head of Strategic Commissioning Adult Community Support from Kent County Council and Jane Povey GP and Founding Director of Creative Inspiration Shropshire. Workshop sessions will explore green wellbeing, evaluation, embedding wellbeing as an organisation, staff wellbeing, piloting provision and working with learning disabled artists to design and deliver arts activities for children and families. To book please visit here.

3rd National Museums and Wellbeing Week

12th – 18th March 2018

The third Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place between 12-18 March 2018. The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing with co-ordinate the week, which will showcase the inspiring work museums across the UK are either already doing in the field or would like to pilot.

Get involved!

They want to hear from you if you’re a museum, cultural or heritage organisation whatever your size and are interested in:

  • Showcasing what you’re already doing and badge your existing health and wellbeing provision
  • Piloting and developing new activities or running a one-off activity
  • Setting up a pop-up information stand for an afternoon or even an hour with a member of staff, volunteer or freelance artist
  • Want to publicise your events through Twitter with event hashtag #museumsandwellbeing

    Benefits to you

    • Free publicity through the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing
    • Being part of a national initiative to raise awareness of health and wellbeing work in museums
    • An opportunity to make connections with potential local health and wellbeing partners and key influencers

      How to get involved

Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing Survey

From The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing:

Are you running health and wellbeing provision in your organisation? In 2016, NAMHW carried out a major preliminary survey to map health and wellbeing interventions and innovations in heritage organisations.  It resulted in an online database http://museumsandwellbeing.org/ and the Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report available at: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com.  We want to update this information and create a new report to reflect the depth, successes and challenges of this work in the sector.

For more information about the survey click here.

We would be very grateful if you would complete a new survey by Monday 9th October, which is accessible here.


Save the date!

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing third Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference will take place at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018 and Museums and Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018 so start thinking about your events! We will keep you updated about the conference and how to upload your Museums and Wellbeing Week events later in the autumn.

Health and Wellbeing Intervention and Innovations Survey Reminder

As you may know, the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is currently undertaking a survey that will extend a preliminary mapping of health and wellbeing interventions and innovations in heritage organisations that was carried out in 2016.  If your organisation runs health and wellbeing provision and you would like it represented and disseminated through our extensive database and next report (to be published early in 2018), we would be very grateful if you would now complete the new survey, which is accessible via the link below.

Please note that the closing date for the survey is 9th October.

 

Second sector-wide National Alliance for Museums Health and Wellbeing survey

From The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing:

Are you running health and wellbeing provision in your organisation? In 2016, NAMHW carried out a major preliminary survey to map health and wellbeing interventions and innovations in heritage organisations.  It resulted in an online database http://museumsandwellbeing.org/ and the Museums for Health and Wellbeing: A Preliminary Report available at: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com.  We want to update this information and create a new report to reflect the depth, successes and challenges of this work in the sector.

For more information about the survey click here.

We would be very grateful if you would complete a new survey, which is accessible here.


Save the date!

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing third Museums for Health and Wellbeing conference will take place at Thinktank in Birmingham on 13 March 2018 and Museums and Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018 so start thinking about your events! We will keep you updated about the conference and how to upload your Museums and Wellbeing Week events later in the autumn.

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has undertaken a major Inquiry into the role of the arts and culture in health and wellbeing. The Inquiry yielded a substantial report – Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing – providing evidence that creative and cultural activities can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.1 Creative Health recommends that an individual is designated to take strategic responsibility for the pursuit of institutional policy for arts, health and wellbeing within each local authority. This can be through an existing role or a new one.

To see the full report click here.