Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…

Changing Tunes is using music and mentoring to help people lead meaningful lives, free from crime

Flo’s Skatepark in Nottingham provides a space for young people to gather and socialise, away from the complexities and pressures of daily life

The Middlesbrough Walk and Talk Group is encouraging people to get out in the fresh air and chat about their feelings

Black Arts Forum has been developing social confidence and artistic expression amongst the members of Birmingham’s Windrush Generation

Migrateful is running cookery classes led by refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, building confidence, promoting contact and cultural exchange with the wider community

Local History Café, in partnership with museums, heritage organisations and libraries is running heritage and wellbeing get togethers for over 50s at risk of social isolation and loneliness

policy and strategy updates

The Office for National Statistics has released its Social Capital in the UK report, looking at how the UK is faring in the domains of personal relationships, social network support, civic engagement and trust and cooperative norms.

The Care Quality Commission has published the report ‘Monitoring the Mental Health Act’, which looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patients’ rights are being protected

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