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

I was very sad to hear about the closure of Arts for Health Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The organisation has been unique in the region in providing arts and health projects across a whole county and has pioneered work with older people including Home Service, one of four national projects on the arts in care homes funded by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation. They have been very strong in supporting the professional development of artists and this year had their first summer school programme. They will be sorely missed but I am confident that their legacy will have a lasting impact regionally and nationally. Our particular thanks go to the Director, Jayne Howard, who has been part of our network of sub-regional leads and personally made such a significant contribution to the field. Jayne will be contributing to the Cultural Commissioning event on Dementia and the Arts on December 11th in Bristol.


The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing is launching a 2 year Inquiry, in collaboration with King’s College London and in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Special Interest Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The aim of the Inquiry is to inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing in order to support practitioners and stimulate progress. It will be funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. As the secretary for the APPG, I will be the lead for the Inquiry for the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing and will jointly manage a researcher with Katherine Bond, the Director of the Cultural Institute at King’s College London. The research post will be advertised within the next couple of weeks and we will have information about it on our website. At the recent launch of the RSPH Special Interest Group, Lord Howarth spoke about the Inquiry and you can download his speech here. I will be speaking about the Inquiry at the Everyone an Artist? Symposium at the De La Warr Pavilion on Friday. I hope to see some of you there.


We are very much looking forward to the AHSW Annual Conference on November 17th at Buckfast Abbey in Devon. We have a stimulating and varied programme for the day including Paul Dieppe, Professor Emeritus of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter University and an inspirational speaker, Debbie Geraghty, Director of prize winning Plymouth Music Zone and the wonderful Viv Gordon. Viv will talk about making I am Joan, a hopeful comedy about a woman in recovery from trauma finding empowerment by connecting with various inspiring Joans, such as Joan Collins, Joan Jett and Joan of Arc.

See you there
Alex
 

      
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Very sad news from Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
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Speech by Lord Howarth on APPG Inquiry

Extracts from a speech by Rt Hon Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, to the Special Interest Group of the Royal Society of Public Health, 13 October 2015.
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Catalyst: Evolve

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Free money for warm hearted community projects and people.

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Funding for Community Radio Stations (UK)

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 And Finally

 
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AHSW Conference

As you probably know by now, it will be my last conference as co-ordinator and although it will be a day of mixed emotions for me, I will try not to snivel too much.


There will be quite a few new faces and organisations this year which may be because of the move to Buckfast Abbey which is a wonderful venue and also easier to reach for people in west of the region. 


It does looks as though the conference will be booked out well before the final deadline so if you're planning to come I would book earlier rather than later. Don't forget that earlybird ends on October 30th.
 
If you want to reserve a table for display or just leaflets, please email me on info@ahsw.org.uk
 
Jackie

 

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