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.

Museum of Oxford Recipes and Reminiscence intergenerational Project

Charles Stone, Museum of Oxford
Jean Gibbons, Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford

Two well attended reminiscence events took place, each looking at different aspects of Oxford’s food history. The second session took place at Taste of the Tropics pop up Caribbean Café in East Oxford. This gave participants the opportunity to try Caribbean cuisine and to experience Caribbean culture. For some this was a new experience.

The No Panic Book of Not Panicking

The No Panic Book of Not Panicking, Apples and Snakes
The No Panic Book of Not Panicking, Apples and Snakes
The No Panic Book of Not Panicking, Apples and Snakes

Aims & objectives:

  • Provide inspiring and uplifting workshops and performances aimed at people struggling with mental health problems to help them share and overcome their experiences.
  • Produce and introduce a wide range of stimuli to inspire a positive and creative response, which can be shared with the wider community.

Plymouth Music Zone

Plymouth Music Zone logo
Barbara singing, Plymouth Music Zone
CD Digifile Back, Plymouth Music Zone
CD Digifile Front, Plymouth Music Zone
David Clarke with microphone and earphones, Plymouth Music Zone
Plymouth Music Zone

Plymouth Music Zone is a highly regarded multi-award winning community music charity that uses the power of music to reach out to some of the most vulnerable or marginalised individuals supported within health, social care, education and community settings.  The organisation engages up to 1000 people every week with over 60 weekly music activities. It also brings people together through special projects, events and specialised training. It aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve people’s skills, emotional wellbeing and social connectedness.

Museum of Oxford Morris Motors Centenary Reminiscence Project

Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford
Museum of Oxford

To mark the Morris Motors Centenary (100 years of car making in Oxford) the  Reminiscence Officer at the Museum of Oxford teamed up with the Learning and Access Manager from Hands On Oxfordshire’s Heritage (part of Oxfordshire’s County Museum Service) to deliver a series of 7 Morris Motors themed reminiscence events across Oxford and Oxfordshire. The location of each event had a link to the car industry.

Fresh Art @

Fresh Art @

Aims & objectives:

  • To promote positive wellbeing, conversation and inspiration within hospital and community settings by bringing ‘fresh art’ into the environment.
  • To enable everyone to participate in socially engaged creative projects by providing workshops within the hospital, community settings and Bath Museums using the museum collections, including handling collections as creative inspiration.

The Homeless Library

Half Awake, The Homeless Library
Lawerence and his book, The Homeless Library
Poem on the poor, The Homeless Library

The Homeless Library is the first history of British homelessness, combining oral history interviews and, more subjectively, poetry and art. The Library is a collection of over 80 books handmade by homeless people, reflecting on their lives and how they connect with the wider, previously unwritten heritage of homelessness.

Staying Out

Staying Out, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
Staying Out, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
Staying Out, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
Staying Out, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre

Staying Out aims to tackle social isolation and reduce hospital admissions in those aged 65 years and over who are living with a long term health condition by offering them a weekly opportunity to attend an activity that stimulates creative and social engagement in a supportive environment staffed by a multi-professional team made up of artists, paid carers and volunteers. Support from qualified carers ensures that any health concerns can be raised and participants signposted to additional services, where necessary, thereby reducing strain on hospital services.

Dancing In Time

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Yorkshire Dance - Dancing in Time - July 2015 (c) Sara Teresa
Yorkshire Dance - Dancing in Time - July 2015 (c) Sara Teresa
Yorkshire Dance - Dancing in Time - July 2015 (c) Sara Teresa

The aim of this project was to examine the effect of a 10- week contemporary dance programme on both physical and psychosocial risk factor for falls. The Intervention’s acceptability and feasibility was addressed by documenting:

Creativity Works

Creativity Works logo

Creativity Works – Mental Health Creative Support Service (MHCSS).  Creativity Works uses creativity as a catalyst for personal and social development, with people of all ages, from all backgrounds. Founded in North East Somerset 30 years ago, the charity works with a range of partners—from mental health practitioners to children’s services —to deliver positive change through creative projects.

Taking pART

Taking pART Banner
artsNK logo
Transported logo

‘Taking pART’ was a pilot Arts & Health partnership project by artsNK and Transported and was delivered as a programme of free visual arts activities from January – July 2016 in Boston and Spalding, Lincolnshire. The project activities were funded by the Mental Health Promotion Fund through the Managed Care Network and Transported.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England