2016/17 APPG Inquiry Submissions

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) has collaborated on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the Royal Society for Public Health. The Co-Chair of the APPGAHW is Lord Howarth of Newport. The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing provides the Secretariat for the APPGAHW and has project managed the Inquiry. The Inquiry is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Wellcome and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. These submissions were received in response to a call for practice examples that was made in the summer of 2016. You can download the full list of submissions here.

Creative Alternatives

Creative Alternatives
Creative Alternatives
Creative Alternatives

Creative Alternatives is an ‘arts on prescription’ service offering a range of creative activities, events and outings to adults experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or stress, with the aim to improve the participants’ mental wellbeing and health.

Creative Change

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People’s Health Trust addresses social determinants of health as described by the WHO, by supporting projects that increase collective control and build social links and ties. Encouraging collective control is described by the WHO as a wider social determinant of health. Giving local communities greater control to determine what happens in their neighbourhood bring about better outcomes locally, stronger social connections and self-respect: all highly correlated with wellbeing.

Case study-Mementos from Boots the Chemist

Case study-Mementos from Boots the Chemist

Themed multisensory boxes were prepared using items from Boots the Chemist’s extensive archive. These aimed to stimulate meaningful conversation between people with dementia and their carers. The boxes included items including fragrances, photos, pill boxes, medicine jars, and ointments.

Context/location/setting: The boxes were used in a residential care home specialising in dementia care (in Nottingham). The activity took place over 6 consecutive 2 hour weekly sessions (in 2014).

Object learning and its impact on wellbeing and confidence in pupils with SEND in partnership with Leeds Museums and Galleries

Artwork produced by pupils during project


This action research was a part of the SLiCE (Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education) programme funded by Arts Council England through the regional bridge organisation for Yorkshire and Humber, CapeUK.

Timescales and delivery dates:

This was a year-long process between West Oaks School and Leeds Museums and Galleries (LMG) starting in June 2015 and ending in June 2016. Delivery of the arts programme took place between September 2015 and May 2016.

Project Management:

Geffrye Museum projects and programmes

Evergreens tabletop gardening, Geffrye Museum

For over a decade the Geffrye Museum has worked with older adults (55+) from the local community through a variety of projects and programmes grounded in strong relationships with local older peoples services.  At the start of 2015, the Geffrye was awarded three years funding from the City Bridge Trust (2015-2017) in order to build on the museum’s successes and deepen engagement with more vulnerable older adults through the Feeling at Home project.

Heart n Soul’s Allsorts

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Heart n Soul is an arts company and charity that widens opportunities for people with learning disabilities.  At Heart n Soul people with learning disabilities can take part in the arts, develop their skills and creativity, share their work and inspire others.

People with learning disabilities designed Allsorts as a place where they can try new arts activities, meet new people and have fun. 

Allsorts’ objectives are for participants to:

Beyond Words - Cheltenham Festivals

Beyond Words
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The aims of Cheltenham Festivals’ 2014-17 Education Strategy are to unlock talent, enrich lives and illuminate career opportunities for young people in Gloucestershire and beyond. It does this through providing opportunities both at the four Festivals and also through targeted year-round programmes linked to literature, music and science.

The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare​ (NAMIH)

The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare​ (NAMIH) logo

The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare​ (NAMIH) represents practitioners delivering  person­centred music­making within healthcare. Alliance members are unified by shared  outcomes, standards and ethics. Together we gather research and information on best practice  and advocate for its use in healthcare. Members form strong cross sector partnerships with  healthcare professionals​ and ​creative participatory music making opportunities at hospital  bedsides and in group settings.

Museum of Oxford Memory Lane and Movers & Shakers reminiscence group

Museum of Oxford Memory Lane
Museum of Oxford Memory Lane

Memory Lane
The Memory Lane reminiscence session is a regular group that meet at the Museum of Oxford to encourage older people to attend the Museum and share reminiscences around a theme. Some sessions are held at local heritage sites to tie in with a particular topic. The project aims to engage older audiences in Museum activities and use the material collected to inform Museum exhibitions and projects. The project began in 2010 and is now an established part of the Museums programme.

Museum-based Art Psychotherapy Group for Young Adults

Museum-based Art Psychotherapy Group for Young Adults

The Group aimed to:

  • help participants to understand themselves better;
  • foster the ability to form and sustain positive relationships with others;
  • encourage social inclusion;
  • inspire creativity;

The Group was developed and delivered by 2gether NHS Foundation Trust Art Psychotherapists, working with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. This was the first time that the Trust had used museum objects, exhibitions and environments to facilitate psychological therapy.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England