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.

cARTrefu – arts in care settings


In April 2015, Age Cymru began delivering a new project, cARTrefu, across care homes in Wales. The project is jointly funded by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council Wales.


Light Box The Happiness Project

THE HAPPINESS PROJECT was an arts-based intervention, delivered by a community interest
company called LIGHT BOX PROJECT to promote good mental health in the wider Bristol

USE evaluation outcomes to develop an ongoing project.
CREATE and employ a robust evaluation framework.
SUPPORT people with mental health problems.
PROVIDE an early intervention facility.
PROMOTE mental health.
PREVENT mental illness.

01/03/10 - 31/03/10, prototype
01/04/11 - 30/06/11, pilot
01/10/12 - 31/05/15, project

Arts from the Armchair

Photographer: Joel Cockrill

Arts from the Armchair: a multi-arts intervention for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their carers`.

Art at the Heart (AATH)

Art at the Heart of the RUH

Art at the Heart (AATH) is the charitably funded, arts programme for the Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust and was first established in 2000. The RUH delivers acute health care to a catchment population of 500,000 residents across Bath & North East Somerset, North Wiltshire and South Gloucester. The RUH is a major employer in the Bath area, as a Foundation Trust Hospital it strives for excellence in its innovation and research.


Relaxed Santa sessions

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Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds, is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. These sessions were something we decided to do ourselves, out of a growing customer need. Abbey House has long been perceived as a good site for children with additional needs and our site learning officer’s expertise has fostered this. Some of the crafts were funded through ACE Major Partner Museum monies, mostly through core LCC budgets (LCC staff time to open building) and (I think) entrance fees.

The Happy Museum

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The Happy Museum – a health and wellbeing for people of all ages at Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds.
Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds, is part of Leeds Museums and Galleries. The Happy Museum is a national scheme which encourages museums to contribute to the health, wellbeing and sustainability agenda.

Dementia Friendly Museums in Wakefield

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In April 2013, local government restructures gave local authorities responsibility for public health. Wakefield Council’s Health improvement Team now shares a directorate with museums.

Mental health and volunteering at Bradford Museums and Galleries

Bradford Museums and Galleries

Mental health and volunteering at Bradford Museums and Galleries.
This is an ongoing initiative to provide volunteering opportunities for people experiencing mental health issues in our museums and to embed this within our service.

Description of the arts activity


Annie Gould with GETTING ON automaton with Robert Race Artist and OSJCT resident
Annie Gould New Brewery Arts GETTING ON Project

Aims and Objectives: To commission an older artist who, whilst exploring their own ageing, would create a dynamic piece of new art for those with some of the least access to public art - the cared for elderly.  
For the work to be made accessible to over 1,600 older people in care.
To provide a stimulating resource  and promote continuing creativity for their improved wellbeing.
To contribute to the debate about the benefits of continuing creativity for wellbeing  
To put the wellbeing benefits of continued creativity on the agenda of carehome managers.

Inspiring Minds

Inspiring Minds - Start in Salford
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Start’s ‘Inspiring Minds’ service is for people suffering with mental health conditions ranging from mild /moderate to more severe and enduring problems. This programme consists of weekly studio-based creative workshops and encourages members aged 18 plus to access various learning opportunities and pre employment skills supporting them to recovery which ultimately leads them back into the community.

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England