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For Arts & Health South West: November 2017
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Director's View November 2017

Thank you everyone for making AHSW’s Annual Conference and AGM on the 24th November such a success. Our Chair, Sue Isherwood, welcomed us all to the day and led the lunchtime AGM, where our new trustee, Gillian Taylor, was duly sworn in! Gillian was there, tweeting away, and you can see her photos and more on Twitter at #AHSW17.
 
 
I talked briefly about work on the recommendations in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s Creative Health report. Richard Kimberlee’s keynote on Social Prescribing and the Social Prescribing Network securely positioned arts and culture as a contributor to the wider movement, and Sue Moss, Public Health Principal at Bristol City Council, talked about how arts on referral has developed as part of a social prescribing city-wide offer in Bristol. The Bristol Arts on Referral Alliance is working together to look at more systematic approaches to quality control, monitoring and evaluation.  The panel discussion, which included Jules Ford, Senior Manager for Social Prescribing and Cultural Commissioning at Gloucestershire CCG, brought up the challenging issue of how this work is to be funded. The emphasis is on partnerships and greater collaboration to ensure that delivery organisation can work effectively together. In particular, we need to work together to find new ways to fund the work we do, as well as be ready for commissioning from the public sector. You will find the recent guide from the Cultural Commissioning Programme useful in this regard.
 
Every year we welcome six people to give 10 minute provocations without much idea of what we might go through! We were all inspired to move, breathe and smile, by Joe Hoare, expert in laughter yoga techniques; introduced to opportunities to promote activities and events for those with dementia through the Arts4Dementia website; were privileged to hear the personal story of Lynette Evans’ struggle with chronic pain and how she hopes to help others through an online arts and health programme; and wowed by Nicola Holt’s fascinating research into methodologies for capturing in-the-moment experience. Helen Chaloner, Director of our regional literature agency, Literature Works, talked about their very successful project with memory cafés and National Memory Day, and then Tobias Kaye transfixed us with a demonstration of his beautifully crafted Sounding Bowls which are used in settings as diverse as high-security forensic psychiatry units, hospices and neo-natal units. 
 
After lunch, Viv Gordon’s performance of PreScribed (a life written for me) was extremely moving and sad, but with a lightness and humour that helped us through what is a pretty harrowing subject: the story of a GP on the brink of a mental health crisis, based on research of real GP stories by Ruth Riley and Johanna Spiers at The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol.  As well as Viv’s breakout session on PreSribed, delegates could take part in a Bristol Arts on Referral practical session in which they completed a pre and post evaluation. Two delegates, one of them a GP, came up to me afterwards to tell me that the session had reduced their levels of anxiety as shown by their evaluation! At the end of the day, Mary Chamberlain, AHSW Trustee, Catherin West, our new Catalyst Evolve Project Officer, talked about the AHSW Catalyst Challenge Fund, which is now open for registration.
 
Have a great Christmas and we’ll be back towards the end of December!
 
Alex
 

      
   News  
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New Report Young people, youth organisations and galleries: working as allies to spark change

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New Report    Young people, youth organisations and galleries: working as allies to spark change
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Introducing the UK's largest library of patient information videos

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Laughter Yoga and Emotional Catharsis

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   Events  
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Hoodwink in Hospital Seminars

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Where Next for Social Prescribing in England - outcomes, patient choice and cost-effectiveness

This Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues in the increased use of social prescribing in England.
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FLAM 2018 Conference

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Dramatherapy South West Conference/AGM 'Bringing in the Light'

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Next steps for regional development and the creative industries in the UK

Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar
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Introduction to Creative and Credible

This introductory workshop will explore key principles and methodologies for evaluating creative arts for health and wellbeing.

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Creative and Credible Intensive Programme

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co|Create Steering Group

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co|Create Steering Group
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 Work
 

2 x Artist Opportunities with Fresh Arts@ Project

Both opportunities involve delivering creative sessions, one working with people with mental health challenges at the Holburne Museum and one on an Acute Dementia Inpatient Ward. Deadline: Sunday 10th December
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2 x Artist Opportunities with Fresh Arts@ Project
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Artist Facilitator - Somerset: Engaging Libraries

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Artist Facilitator - Somerset: Engaging Libraries
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 Training and CPD
 

Creative and Credible CPD Programme

The programme aims to support best practice in evaluation in arts, health and wellbeing. There is an option to attend an introductory workshop at a significantly reduced price, and an opportunity to undertake an intensive follow-up programme with a small group of participants. Starts: January 2018
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Creative and Credible CPD Programme
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Running Writing Groups - online course

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Running Writing Groups - online course
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Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing

An 8-week online course in writing for personal and professional development which provides skills, techniques and resources for both personal exploration and for use with clients and groups.  Starts 15th January 2018
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Introduction to Therapeutic and Reflective Writing
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The Art of Invitation Short Course

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Music Care Training Course

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Online Course 'The Art of Wellness: Visual arts and Health'

Learn how visual art practices are used in expressive therapies, community healthcare initiatives, and enhancing community health benefits. This free, short course from the University of ...

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 And Finally...

 
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More information about the Challenge Fund

Support, Funding and Profile!
 
The new AHSW Catalyst Challenge Fund has opened for applications. Register interest by emailing catalyst@ahsw.org.uk to receive the application pack.
 
This is an opportunity to receive up to £2k in match funding for donations from individuals, and support developing your organisation's fundraising capacity. More details are available online at: http://www.ahsw.org.uk/challengefund.aspx
 
 
 
Best wishes
 
 
Hannah
 
 

 

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