Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…

Run Talk Run is hosting weekly 5k walks and runs, providing community and mental health support while moving, to help reduce the stigma of accessing support

Hull Truck Theatre is releasing a programme of drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst at home

String of Hearts is coordinating a social prescribing music phone-call initiative to support people without internet access

Acta Community Theatre has been visiting the MX Elders on their doorsteps during lockdown, delivering food parcels, exchanging creative tasks, and asking the group to share stories of their lives

The Conversation Volunteers are producing a collection of nature-based mindful activities on getting outdoors in nature, to support their volunteers

Lakeland Arts in Cumbria have launched Mend - a community-focused project to mend objects and connect local communities during the pandemic 

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

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 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