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

Now that Hannah has had a few weeks to settle in as our new coordinator and the flurry of activity around the annual conference is over we are looking to next year’s activity.
 
At the annual conference we announced that the 2016 AHSW Prize is now open for applications. The first phase is a simple 500 word statement about your project or organisation. The deadline for this is January 15th 2016. Please do enter. Even if you aren’t shortlisted for the prize your work could be showcased on the website and included in information that is sent out to key health providers and funders. A summary of the dementia and the arts case studies from the 2015 prize can be found here and a summary of the arts and mental health case studies here.
 
The Creative Approaches to Dementia Care conference in Bristol last Friday was a great opportunity to find out about work in other regions. Hannah has written piece about the conference as a whole, which included in this newsletter.
 
I was there with Professor Norma Daykin and Lisa Tregale, Head of Participation at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to talk about our Music for a While project in Portsmouth, Poole and Winchester Hospitals. The project, in its current phase, will draw to a close in January. The musician, Neil Valentine, has been writing a regular blog. Blog 5 recounts a dramatic incident with an elderly lady who had flooded her side room because she thought the hospital was on fire, and was terribly distressed. Neil played to her, one-to-one for 45 minutes, his full repertoire of relaxing and calming melodies. Gradually the music blocked out the busy, clattering noises of the ward and while the staff made her bed and cleaned up she became absorbed in the music. Eventually she was able to sleep. You can read the blog here.
 
I will be sending out a newsletter on the 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference before the end of the month. As members of AHSW you are automatically added to the mailing list but can always unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive further information.
 
Have a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Alex

      
   News  
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Creative Approaches to Dementia Care Event - AHSW Summary

AHSW attended the Cultural Commissioning Programme's event on 11th December 2015, and have written a summary to dissemminate information and ideas from the event for anyone who was unable to attend.
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Creative Approaches to Dementia Care Event - AHSW Summary
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Exclusive Look: Dementia-Friendly Museum Activities at RAMM

AHSW spoke to Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery about their current programme of monthly dementia-friendly activities, varying between object-handling, gallery tours and hands-on creative sessions.
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Exclusive Look: Dementia-Friendly Museum Activities at RAMM
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   Other new articles include:
 

You are awesome. Yes, you.

"Awesome. Just awesome. Be more awesome" - A new blog post from Joe Hoare, who got us all moving and laughing at our 2015 AHSW ...

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NEW Recovery Devon Development Fund

The development fund will offer financial support to individuals or organisations for projects, events or research based around Recovery, in Devon. 

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Bristol Arts & Health Forum: Meeting Updates

The Bristol Arts and Health Forum met on Tues 22 September 2015 at MShed. 14 people attended and engaged in a discussion about the role of ...

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Dorset 'Arts & Minds' Fund

Dorset Community Foundation are seeking donations for the Arts and Minds Fund to enable them to provide funding for arts and mental health projects.

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Bristol City Council and ACE sign Memorandum of Understanding

Arts Council England and Bristol City Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out key objectives for collaboration between the two bodies in what has been ...

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   Events  
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Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning Study Day

A day of inspiring object-based learning and insights into the experiences of UCL Museums and academics who use the collections in their teaching.
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Dementia Pathfinders: Compassionate Care Through Play

This one-day improvised play workshop is suitable for family and formal caregivers, psychologists, therapists, support workers or anyone working with people with dementia or acquired brain injury.
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   Other new articles include:
 

How to bid for business with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

A free training session for organisations providing health related services that want to supply services to the local NHS Commissioners.

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Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

8-week course focusing on writing for personal and professional development, with an introduction to journal writing, life writing, poetry therapy, reflective writing, techniques and resources for ...

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Writing for Wellbeing January 2016

Creative Writing workshops offering an opportunity for you to explore the creative process of writing, without self criticism or pressure to “get it right”.

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   Evidence  
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 Research
 

Research finds Singing is beneficial for memory and mood in early dementia

Researchers led by Dr. Teppo Särkämö at University of Helsinki, Finland have revealed that caregiver-implemented musical leisure activities, particularly singing, are cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia. 
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Research finds Singing is beneficial for memory and mood in early dementia
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Impact of Arts Therapists - Report

Public Health England has published research analysing the impact of allied health professionals on public health.
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Impact of Arts Therapists - Report
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Research Shows Singing Improves Mental Health

Research on West Kent and Medway singing groups has shown that singing improves people’s mental health and wellbeing, including reducing anxiety, stress and depression.

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   Resources  
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New Resources from The Cultural Commissioning Programme

The Cultural Commissioning Programme works with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, to deliver better outcomes for people and communities.  
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New Resources from The Cultural Commissioning Programme
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List of Directors of Public Health in England (updated Dec 2015)

Public Health England has published a list of all 113 Directors of Public Health in England. The list provides a useful resource for people seeking to access local commissioners.
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List of Directors of Public Health in England (updated Dec 2015)
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   Opportunities  
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 Work
 

Opportunity for Textiles Artist to Work with People with Dementia

Poole Arts Service is seeking an experienced artist specialising in working in textiles to work on a pilot project commencing February 2016. 
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Arts leader sought for Creative Arts for Dementia Group, Poole deadline 31 December

Poole Housing Partnership is inviting expressions of interest from art tutors/artists/art therapists to lead a Creative Arts for Dementia Group on a contract basis.
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   Opportunities  
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 Training and CPD
 

Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations

Tuesday 12th Jan 2016 10:30am - 5:30pm - A full day training workshop to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia.
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Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations
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 And Finally...

 
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Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference Mailing List and AHSW PRIZE DEADLINE

As mentioned in Alex's director's view, in the next few months we will automatically be signing AHSW members up to our 2017 Culture, Health and Wellbeing international conference Mailing List. 
 
You will receive email newsletters from us in the run up to this international conference, and there will be the option to unsubscribe from these updates on the footer of the first (and all) newsletters we send out, should you wish to opt out of these updates.
 
We would also wholeheartedly encourage you to enter for the first stage of AHSW's 2016 prize (500 words on why your organisation or project deserves the prize). The DEADLINE for stage 1 appliactions is 15TH JANUARY 2016! You can find more information and APPLY via the website.
 
The Prize is £5000 for the winner of the AHSW Prize, and £1000 for the winner of the Individuals' Prize. However, even if you are not shortlisted, it's a fantastic opportunity to have your work featured on the AHSW website, and have information about your work sent out to key health providers and funders. 
 
Have a wonderful Christmas!
 
Hannah
 

 

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