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For Arts & Health South West: July 2015
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Director's View July 2015

Last month you were introduced to our Trustee, Paul Dieppe, via his blog entry. A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to contribute to an event to celebrate his time as Professor of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter Medical School as he retires and takes on a new project funded by the Center of Integrative Medicine in Baltimore. Paul’s talk at his leaving do was a revelation and inspiration to me. He is a true radical and his ambition is to transform the medical profession and re-balance it with a holistic vision of healthcare embracing the arts and the environment, intuition, creativity and empathy. He champions Salutogenesis, a concept of health that focuses on those factors that support our health and wellbeing and develop our ‘sense of coherence’, a concept related to agency, wellbeing and mental resilience.


I am making some progress with the AHSW Prize Longlist case studies. Once they are all on the website I will be contacting various key stakeholders and decision makers to draw their attention to those case studies that relate to their particular areas of responsibility. Interestingly, the geographic spread of is uneven across the region: the highest number are from Devon with fifteen (four in Plymouth), second is Dorset with thirteen, then Bristol with six. By far the largest thematic grouping is the thirteen projects for people with dementia; other thematic areas are Wellbeing and Mental Health, both nine, Cancer three and End of Life care two. In terms of artform, dance, music and environments for care dominate. The Dementia Case Studies are now on our website.


Last Monday there was a roundtable on the Arts and Dementia hosted jointly by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Expert practitioners and academics from across the country came together to discuss the key areas they had identified: practitioner and staff training and the culture of care; the evidence base; and policy and structures. The consensus is that we should aim for the development of an Arts and Dementia Care Pathway. The most powerful testimonial came from Keith, who is living with dementia. He spoke about how when he takes part in creative arts he doesn’t know whether it improves his cognitive function, but he does know that it has an impact on his emotions and sense of wellbeing. The minutes from the roundtable are available on the APPG webpage.


Arts & Health South West’s project on the Arts and Dementia in Acute Care is moving on apace. Working with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the University of Winchester and nursing staff in Portsmouth, Poole and Winchester Hospitals, the project “Music for a While” brings musician, Neil Valentine, in to hospital wards once a week until Christmas. You can read Neil’s blog here and the press release for the project here. We are very grateful to the Wessex Academic Health Science Network and Awards for All for the funding for the project.

Alex
 

      
   News  
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Toolkit: Singing & Dancing for Older People's Health and Wellbeing

Arts for Health Cornwall has created two toolkits to provide ideas, advice and inspiration to help care staff to begin singing and dancing sessions in their care settings.
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Toolkit: Singing & Dancing for Older People's Health and Wellbeing
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Measuring the impact of dance

The debate about how to evaluate arts in health projects is being furthered by a new dance programme for people with Parkinson’s disease, says Sara Houston.
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Measuring the impact of dance
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Arts and Ageing - Tokyo Study Tour

Blog by Jayne Howard, Director, Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
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Arts and Ageing - Tokyo Study Tour
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Children's hospital experience

A national survey of almost 19,000 children and young people who stayed in hospital overnight or were seen as a day patient show most children were happy with their care. However, 40% of children complained that there were no activities or opportunities to play in hospital.
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Children's hospital experience
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How live music is helping to calm dementia patients in Poole

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Arts & Health South West collaborate with nursing staff in Winchester, Poole, and Portsmouth Hospitals to bring live music to dementia patients.
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How live music is helping to calm dementia patients in Poole
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International wellbeing comparison

The Office for National Statistics has released a set of data comparing wellbeing levels in the UK with other countries.

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ArtWorks Alliance

A new umbrella organisation has been established to support individual participatory artists.

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   Events  
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Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, and confronts the realities of ageing and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. 
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Reconstructing Ourselves - an Arts Research project with patients and staff in Breast Reconstruction

Symposium & Exhibition


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Research in Arts Therapies

A day-long conference looking at research in arts therapies is being organised by ICAPT, The University of Hertfordshire and South London and the Maudsley.
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Cellular Landscapes & MicroBioPhilia

Art at the Heart of the RUH is pleased to present a new exhibition at the Circle, Bath
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FUSION: Where Two Minds Collide

Fusion: Where Two Minds Collide connects two organisations, two worlds, and two minds on a quest to fuse them with a simple live brief; to ...

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Call for Artists: United Response

Artists with experience of working with people living with Dementia required for an exciting and innovative new initiative in West Cornwall.
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Call for Artists: United Response
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Arts Health Consultancy Available

Breathe Arts Health Research offering new consultancy packages for organisations involved in arts, health and wellbeing. 

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 Work
 

Activate Performing Arts: Producer (Specialising in Youth Dance and Diversity)

P/T up to £26,000 pro rata, permanent post, subject to funding.D/l 3 Sept.  
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Activate Performing Arts: Producer (Specialising in Youth Dance and Diversity)
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Practitioner Opportunity: Children in Care Creative Consultation

Arts for Health Cornwall is looking for two creative practitioners to facilitate an event for children and young people in care.
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Practitioner Opportunity: Children in Care Creative Consultation
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Executive Director at Artsreach (re-advertisement)

Artsreach is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director
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Executive Director at Artsreach (re-advertisement)
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Creativity Works: Comms & Admin Coordinator

Part-time, maternity cover. 


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 Training and CPD
 

MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes

Deadline for application: 1 September 2015


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Facilitation and Engagement in the Health and Social Care Environment (FEHSCE)

Skills and techniques for engaging seldom heard groups in order to bring about improvements in health and social care.  
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Art in Mental Health: A Foundation Course in Art Therapy

This popular part-time course introduces participants to key factors in working with visual art in a wide variety of therapeutic and health contexts, focussing on broad mental health issues. 
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Socially Engaged Art Training: Imaginative Interventions in Public Spaces: 4 & 5 August, Bath

2-day socially engaged art workshop in Bath with Darren O'Donnell from Canadina company Mammalian Diving Reflex.
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Working with people with advanced dementia - 15th August

Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director, Arti Prashar will lead a skills development masterclass for professional participatory arts practitioners who are working with, or would like to work with, ...

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 Funding Opportunities
 

Guardian Charity Awards 2015

Enter the Guardian Charity Awards 2015 for free and you could win £3,000, mentoring, Media Trust support and more.
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Guardian Charity Awards 2015
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Google Launches its Impact Challenge for People with Disabilities

Google has launched an Impact Challenge to help people with disabilities. $20 million is available worldwide to not for profit organisations using emerging technologies to help create a more accessible world for people with disabilities.
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Building Better Opportunities Fund; 1st stage d/l 3 August

Nearly £175 million will be invested in South West projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

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