What a week! The Assisted Dying Bill was overturned by politicians who seem rather out of touch with public opinion. MP’s have rejected plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost 20 years. 118 MP’s were in favour and 330 against plans to allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. Read more here and it’s worth noting that a 2015 populus poll of 5,000 people – the largest ever conducted on assisted dying – showed 82% of the public support Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill to give terminally ill, mentally competent people the legal option of assistance to die with dignity.
2020+ Arts, Society & Public Health is filling up nicely and I can confirm that as well as our international guests, we’ll have artists and health practitioners focusing on the areas around mental health and around ageing and dementia. As a format the day, it seems we’ll have themed areas that focus on these issues. Much, much more next week.
This week I have been working with colleagues from the Portuguese Red Cross Nursing School of Oliveira de Azeméis and we’ve been exploring communication between nurses and patients. Big thanks to those of you who came and shared your ideas, practice and vision - and who hosted visits. That you shared so freely, makes me proud to be associated with you. I'm very interested to talk to those of you involved in nursing, who may want to be involved in future developments in this area.
A FOCUS ON ARTS LEARNING FOR ADULTS CONFERENCE
1 October 2015, Novotel Hotel Cardiff
At this conference, NIACE Cymru will present an exploration of the many and varied benefits of adult participation and learning in the Arts. Improved health and well-being, increased employability, better business through creative approaches and a kinder more equal society; the effects can be life changing. With support from the Big Lottery in Wales we are delighted to focus on our own innovative Sharing Stories: Sharing Understanding Project and welcome knowledgeable and stimulating speakers including:
Vikki Heywood CBE - Chair of the recent Warwick Commission formerly Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Jo Broadwood - Author of research report Arts & Kindness
More details HERE.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Spirit of 2012 Leading Voices programme will make a single grant of up to £1 million for a 2 - 3 year project that offers new skills in the verbal arts to young people. Projects should enable young people to explore and give voice to the attitudes and behaviours that shape their lives and the social contexts in which they live; extending their capacity to empathise with others and collaborate to produce high quality creative work. They should inspire young people to engage critically with personal, ethical, social and political issues relevant to them and their communities through the exploration, expression and representation of themes, ideas, aspirations and dilemmas. Activities should be those that develop listening, reflective and expressive communication skills and may include, but are not limited to - film-making, song-writing, story-telling, poetry and rap, drama, improvisation and debate. The deadline for submitting expression of interest is 5pm on 30th September 2015. Read more at: http://www.spiritof2012trust.org.uk/leading-voices
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