LAHF supports artists and health professionals across the whole of London and beyond, promoting excellence and engagement in the field of arts and wellbeing, and extending the reach of the arts to communities and individuals who would otherwise be excluded. Many people are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities, yet it is often these people whose health and wellbeing could be most enhanced through such engagement.
Through its activities, LAHF works to promote, develop and support the understanding of what the arts can do to contribute to a healthy society, in London and nationally, and by so doing to encourage the use of the arts in settings beyond the mainstream.
The organisation’s key ambition for the next five years is to explicitly widen the focus of activities to encompass all sections of society, at risk of exclusion from arts provision, but for whom access to arts activities could enhance wellbeing, social inclusion and strengthen communities.
LAHF’s mission is underpinned by key values and a determination to lead by example in these respects:
- To ensure that the organisation models good practice in its dealings with the public, colleagues and partners
- To ensure that the organisation works in an inclusive manner, enabling access, equality of opportunity and encouraging environmental responsibility
- To ensure that the organisation at all times fulfils its written and unwritten responsibilities as a publicly funded body.
Who we are
London Arts in Health Forum is a well established London-based charity which works to develop the reach of the arts and culture focusing on the interaction of the arts, creativity and wellbeing. LAHF works to promote, research, improve and develop greater awareness of the benefits of the arts in protecting and preserving wellbeing.
LAHF began as a membership organisation and despite dropping membership fees in 2007 has maintained a strong relationship with its subscribers and supporters. Events are well attended and LAHF has strong links with other organisations working across the country with similar aims. For ten years much of LAHF’s work has been supported by Arts Council England.
LAHF is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and is run by a small staff team.
LAHF is managed by its Director Damian Hebron. Damian was recruited as a part time Co-ordinator for LAHF in 2003 and has worked to develop the organisation over the intervening years. He was appointed Director in 2009. He works part time and, in addition to his role with LAHF, runs the arts programme at Cambridge University Hospitals. Damian oversees LAHF’s activity and organises its events and projects as well as working with other organisations nationally to increase awareness of the link between creativity and wellbeing.
Emma Bonsall is LAHF’s Communications and Programme Associate. She is a project manager and researcher who specialises in event management, web development and evaluation. Emma oversees specific projects for LAHF including the forthcoming London Creativity and Wellbeing Week as well as taking responsibility for evaluation and research work and LAHF’s website and newsletter.
Karen Taylor is the Engagement and Participation Associate. Her expertise is in creative participation and wellbeing, from 2007-201 she developed and ran Be Creative Be Well, part of the Well London programme on behalf of Arts Council England. Karen develops and manages LAHF’s public engagement activity and is overseeing the legacy of the Be Creative Be Well programme on behalf of LAHF.
From time to time, LAHF works with other arts professionals, researchers, artists and clinicians to deliver specific projects and activity bringing together arts, health and wellbeing.
London Arts in Health Forum is a registered charity (No.1135543) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 06939695) whose registered office is at: 75 Maygrove Road, London, NW6 2EG