Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…

Cymaz Music’s ‘Singing Clinic’ programme is running online groups for people with chronic lung conditions and for those living with anxiety and/or depression

Empire Fighting Chance is continuing to support young people during lockdown, with a combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support

Crafting Relationships’s ‘Local History Cafe’ programme has moved their heritage and wellbeing get-togethers online, for over 50s at risk of experiencing social isolation and loneliness

The Box in Plymouth has organised postal knitting challenges as part of their ‘Women’s Craft Collective’ project, which brings women from all ages and backgrounds together to share and learn traditional crafts

Adira is continuing its survivor-led mental health support for Black people with mental health issues, with online services, and developing new ways to support, including online cooking classes


Quench Arts is running a new online music group for female carers in Birmingham who are struggling with their mental health, or for those who provide care to someone with a mental health condition

policy and strategy updates

What Works Wellbeing has released a briefing using Covid Social Study data entitled ‘How has Covid-19 and the associated lockdown measures affected mental health and wellbeing in the UK?’

The Centre for Mental Health has published a report on Covid-19 and the Nation’s Mental Health and released its final report from the Commission for Equality in Mental Health 

The House of Commons Library has published a Briefing on Mental Health Policy in England

The Office for National Statistics has released a report on personal and economic wellbeing in the UK, looking at people’s overall life satisfaction and sense of purpose

The Local Government Association has released the ‘Building Resilience’ report, which looks at how organisations can develop a coherent and joined-up offer of support for children and young people’s mental health.

The National Trust and the University of Derby have published the ‘Noticing Nature’ Report, which aims to understand people’s sense of their relationship with the natural world and create everyday interventions in order to improve it for human and nature’s wellbeing

The Heritage Fund has released the Space to Thrive Report, which is a rapid evidence review of the benefits of parks and green spaces for people and communities

The Baring Foundation has published Creatively Minded: an initial mapping study of participatory arts and mental health activity in the UK.

The University of Westminster has published the report Mapping Meaningful Outcomes, which examines what  successful social prescribing look like

What Works Wellbeing have drafted a report which sets out the state of the evidence and next steps for applying a wellbeing approach to decision making in the UK

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The MARCH Network is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call