Wellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Volume VI, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing

Using an evidence-based approach and case studies from a wide range of life domains, Interventions and Policies to Enhance Wellbeing examines the most successful existing strategies to promote wellbeing and mental health.


Clay Transformations

Nottingham University

Clay Transformations was an innovative research project based at the University of Nottingham which investigated the therapeutic effects of using clay in work with teenagers dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. The project team was a cross disciplinary mix of academics, psychologists, psychotherapists and local artists, teamed up with professionals in the NHS, third sector and colleagues at Nottingham Contemporary and City Arts.

Why Singing in a Choir is Good for You

Oxford Brookes University
Singing in a choir can be good for our psychological well-being. Researchers set up an online study asking 375 people who sang in choirs, sang alone or were members of sports teams about their experience of these activities. All three leisure activities yielded high levels of well-being, but the analysis of the results revealed statistically significant, evidence of higher reported well-being in people who sang with a choir compared to those who sang alone.

Moving Forward Project 2012-2014 Impact Evaluation

Creative Future

The Moving Forward Project is a three year project from 2012-2015 providing creative workshops to socially excluded adults. The target was to engage 120 people in 7 locations across Sussex in year one increasing to 200 people in 12 locations by year 3. The three outcomes we hoped to achieve were:

'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing'

The 'Who Cares? Museums, health and wellbeing' publication outlines the programme that the six Renaissance North West museums have been running over the past two years. The programme has been researched by the Psychosocial Research Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. The full research report and report summary are available to download.

Be Creative Be Well Evaluation published

Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing.

The Relationship between Quilting and Wellbeing

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have published their findings about the relationship between creative craft hobbies and wellbeing in the general population.

The findings illustrate how creative craft hobbies such as quilting can be a meaningful vehicle for enhancing wellbeing and sets the foundation for further research into creativity, creative hobbies and hobbies in general.

Journal of Public Health

New resources from the Reader Organisation

Reports and videos from the recent 'Reading for Wellbeing Conference' are now available to download and view online and a new research report; The Therapeutic Benefits of Reading in Relation to Depression has also been published.


Release of Wellbeing Figures

As part of the Government’s examination of national wellbeing, The Office of National Statistics has released figures tying together the social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations regarding leisure and work activities – including arts consumption. The programme aims to produce accepted and trusted measures of the well-being of the nation - how the UK as a whole is doing.

The Impact of Creative Partnerships on the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

University of Cambridge

Authors: Ros McLellan, Maurice Galton, Susan Steward and Charlotte Page, University of Cambridge

This study aimed to explore how the Creative Partnerships programme had affected student wellbeing and the degree to which creative approaches had become embedded in areas of the curriculum other than those directly involving creative practitioners.

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