If you are a lone practitioner or an arts or cultural organisation this free downloadable resource, and podcasts can help you consider arts and culture on prescription (social prescribing).
There are case studies from brilliant orgs such as Arts 4 Dementia, Performing Medicine and St. Margaret’s House.
Creative activity has long been known to have tangible effects on
health and quality of life. The arts, creativity and the imagination are
agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid
recovery and foster a flourishing society.
Arts in health programmes across the capital are using diverse and
dynamic disciplines in a variety of health, care and community settings
for expressive, restorative, educational and therapeutic purposes.
London faces one of the highest levels of health inequality in the
world. With life spans of residents living just streets apart varying
greatly. Covid-19 has highlighted and increased the divide in the health
and wellbeing experienced in the city.
In our current political and economic climate, arts in health offer a
professional, value-for-money contribution to mainstream health care as
part of the social prescribing movement and yet we know that many of
our members and the cultural practitioners across the Capital are
struggling to get involved in the process.
This guide is designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding social
prescribing in the arts and cultural sector. We recognise the
importance of hyperlocal grassroots organisations in leading the London
recovery and we aim to ensure a level playing field for all who offer
culture and arts for health and wellbeing.
To access the guide, click here.