The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts?
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing is running a series of events aimed at producing a report looking at how government policy can improve wellbeing. The first of these events is addressing the question - what can government do to increase the wellbeing generated by its subsidies to the arts.
It will take place between 17:30 and 19:00 on 11 December 2013 in Committee
Room 18 in the House of Commons.
The Government has recently published a summary of activity designed to improve wellbeing. The summary, which takes in all Government Departments, includes a number of initiatives involving the arts and culture. The summary states “The positive impact of participation in sport and engagement with culture on individuals‘quality of life is widely acknowledged.” The summary also suggests Arts Council England will engage in further research to assess the link between arts engagement and wellbeing.
On Thursday 25th July, the House of Lords hosted an informed and engaging debate about the role the arts can play in health and wellbeing. With contributions from peers including Lord Robert Winstone, Lord Alan Howarth and Dame Joan Bakewell, the debate included contributions from the Coalition and opposition front benches calling for increased support for the arts as a means of improving health and wellbeing.
Regional Voices, which works to champion the role of voluntary and community organisations to improve health, wellbeing and care across England, has produced a Who’s Who guide to the key people working in health, wellbeing and care in each region. The guides include relevant people from clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, Care Quality Commission, NHS England area teams, commissioning support units and local Healthwatch.
A summary of comments made during the House of Lords debate “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the arts to the nation’s education, health and emotional well-being.” 25th July 2013:
The House of Lords will host a short debate on the “contribution of the arts to education, health and emotional wellbeing” tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 25th July, 2013. The debate, which has been called by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch and Baroness Northover will be posted on Hansard and a link will appear in the next LAHF newsletter. The debate can be followed live via the House of Lords website.
The aim of the Measuring National Wellbeing (MNW) programme is to, ‘develop and publish an accepted and trusted set of National Statistics which help people to monitor national wellbeing’. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reviewed the measures it applies to wellbeing and, following a period of public consultation has added five new measures including arts and culture.
The London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2012 will take place from June 13-20 this summer and promises to be a great showcase for the huge variety of arts and health activity in the capital. There is still time to get involved and include your events or just to start planning what you want to see and do! w: www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk
The Office for National Statistics has published its initial findings from responses to the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national wellbeing which took place between 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012.