Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…
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Theatre Peckham is using art, drama and music to help deal with emotional conflicts, to develop social skills and to improve self-esteem

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The London Wetland Centre is organising a co-created ‘Blue Prescribing Project’, which is a nature-based health programme for people struggling with poor mental health

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Hackney Lunch Clubs are continuing to support their community with meal deliveries, telephone calls for support, and assistance with shopping to support those who are at risk of loneliness and isolation.

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Soil Sisters is supporting vulnerable women in traumatic transitions within refuge settings with green space recovery activities

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Forestry England is supporting mental health in the community with the development of another new wellbeing trail at Thames Chase


Willow Hey Community Project is supporting isolated, vulnerable men with weekly practical hands-on skills including woodworking, landscaping, food growing and social sessions

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policy and strategy updates

The UCL Institute of Health Equity has produced the report Build Back Fairer: the Covid-19 Marmot Review, reflecting on how the pandemic has increased inequalities and the steps government and others need to take

What Works Wellbeing has produced the report ‘Places, spaces, people and wellbeing / Community hubs and green space’ which is a systematic review on the evidence base for improving people’s wellbeing through changes to community infrastructure

The Institute for Connected Communities at the University of East London has published a two-year evaluation of social prescribing for young people in three English sites in collaboration with StreetGames and other community organisations

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 King’s Fund has updated the explainer on Communities and Health

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have published the policy paper ‘Emerging Emerging Together: the Tackling Loneliness Network Action Plan’

The National Criminal Justice Alliance has released a guide for prison staff which gives recommendations on how those working in prisons can give access to creative activity

The Audience Agency has produced the first summary report from the Cultural Participation Monitor data to see who is more negatively impacted and how that relates to, or exacerbates, previously existing and ongoing inequalities in audiences

Natural England has produced a report on nature connectedness among adults and children in England

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