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Resources, toolkits, information and publications useful to the field of arts and health

A choir in every care home
Includes toolkits for care homes wishing to get more singing going as well as for musicians wishing to work in care homes.

A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men
Funded by the Baring Foundation, the Whitworth has launched this publication to support organisations and providers by providing a foundation for future programmes and methodologies when working with older men. See: 

Action for Happiness
Happy Cafes spread positivity around the UK according to Action for Happiness:

The Amber Trust
Provides support services to adults with mental ill health in Derbyshire: 

Arts and Cultural Commissioning Toolkit
This toolkit will help you understand and engage with public authority commissioning opportunities. 

Arts Commissioning Toolkit
The very practical Arts Commissioning Toolkit is produced by Royal Opera House Bridge, Artswork and Kent County Council and will help you understand and engage with commissioning.

Arts as a resource for tackling health inequalities
Public Health England has published a series of resources to help local authorities address health inequalities: Reducing social isolation; Local action on health inequalities

Arts for Health and wellbeing evaluation framework 
Public Health England has published 'Arts for health and wellbeing: An evaluation framework.' 

Arts on Prescription information sheet 
Arts and Health South West have produced a useful information sheet on Arts on Prescription.
ArtsToolkit for Activity Co-ordinators and Care Staff 
The Arts Toolkit, produced in consultation with the North East Derbyshire Older People’s Arts Forum, is a user-friendly 'how to' guide for staff and Activity Co-ordinators in care settings wishing to plan and deliver arts projects. 

Arts-based Social Prescribing
National networking initiative for artists involved in 'social prescribing' with Arts and minds: 

Arts, Health and Wellbeing Evaluation Summary Report
Derbyshire County Council, on behalf of Derbyshire Arts Partnership (DAP), commissioned this practical guide to evaluating your arts and health project as regards wellbeing outcomes. For more information and to download the document, see our Arts and Health Projects page.

 Be Reflective
A quality framework and guide for arts and health projects: 

'Breathe' Arts Health Research
'Breathe' is offering consultancy packages for organisations involved in arts, health and wellbeing:

Comics used for health information
A recent study has shown that educational comics can support understanding of factual health information;  download the report (or summary) at  A list of comics discovered  during the project:

 Create: A journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture
'Create' features contributions from  writers, journalists, politicians, educationalists, poets and artists. See:    

Cultural Commissioning Programme
The value for the arts and cultural sector in working with evaluators from academic institutions: Q & A video with Professor Stephen Clift

Dance for Parkinson's  
A new online learning programme: 

Dementia Atlas: Putting a focus on dementia
This map sets out what is currently known (2016) about dementia care and support across the country, based on available national data. 

Derbyshire Public Health Report 2012/13  

Dementia Friendly Arts Venue Guide
The Alzheimer’s Society has published new guidance to help arts venues to make their facilities and services more accommodating for people affected by dementia.

Documenting Arts and Health
A comprehensive and very practical guide to documenting Arts and Health work, including details of writing (reports, funding bids, press releases), website building, sample documenting forms to adapt and use, photography and filming (how, why, and what equipment to use), and more. Documenting Arts and Health  

Funding for Youth Music Making Activities
Youth Music, the UK's largest children's music charity, has announced that its grant making programme will re-open for applications in autumn 2014.

Glossop arts project
Regular art groups in accessible venues to individuals with long-term health conditions, physical disabilities and mental health problems:

 How the arts can help you
The Derbyshire Arts, Health and Wellbeing Working Group has produced a downloadable pdf leaflet (see the 'Arts Offer in Health Flyer' on the Arts and Health Projects page) explaining clearly the benefits of taking part in arts activity on mental and physical health and well-being.

 Improving health and wellbeing for young people 
Public Health England has issued a framework to address the specific health needs of young people including an emphasis on enabling young people to explore their creativity as a tool for maintaining wellbeing:

 Living With: Depression in Older Adults
Laura Chapman has written a guide for depression in older adults, which can be downloaded here:

 Measuring Wellbeing
This short handbook is produced by the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation). It is designed primarily for voluntary organisations and community groups delivering projects and services, to help them kick-start the process of measuring well-being outcomes. Measuring Wellbeing
 National Alliance for Arts and Health
Minutes of the Alliance's meetings can be found in the Related document section at the bottom of this page. 

Organising Accessible Events
a new best practice toolkit produced by High Peak Access - see the Related documents section at the bottom of this page.

Singing and Dancing for Health and Well-being 
Arts for Health Cornwall have created two toolkits to provide ideas, advice and inspiration to help care staff to begin singing and dancing sessions in their care settings: 

Singing for older people's health and wellbeing toolkit

A resource for staff to give them the confidence, knowledge and tools to be able to run singing sessions on a regular basis with their elderly clients. See the 'Singing for older..toolkit' pdf in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

 Something Brilliant
Something Brilliant is an online resource for artists and support workers who work with vulnerable groups, from Thames Valley Partnership. It contains ideas on running practical sessions with young people and vulnerable groups, along with suggestions for evaluation and feedback.

 Use the arts to boost the nation's health
We have to recognise the huge value of arts and culture to society - Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council -

 Vocality: a new approach to community choirs
Making Music and Sound Sense have developed a new approach to building community choirs in areas of disadvantage. With the help of the Third Sector Research Centre, Vocality created an evaluation methodology that was based on leading practice in the areas of wellbeing and community research.

Who are the commissioners?
Linden Rowley explores who the commissioners of public services are, where to find them and how arts and cultural organisations can best talk to them.
Feature article in 'Arts Professional'

Related documents

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