Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…

Disability Arts has developed an online dance programme with the StopGap Dance Company for  the disabled community and others to who face barriers to connecting

Justice Prince Community Garden has mobilised its team of volunteers to support allotment owners to continue to garden during lockdown 

Libraries Connected has been showcasing the best digital services from public libraries in around the UK, from online story time to reading groups and support sessions

Friction Arts in Birmingham has moved their youth arts programme online with a range of sessions including creativity & history, music and drama

Prescribe Culture has expanded its social prescribing programme for university students to include an online heritage session

Colchester and Ipswich Museums has developed the ‘Museum from Home’ programme with a variety of activities to help educate and entertain

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