Sunday, 29 October 2017 yourself no matter what they say

OK - a whistle-stop blog from your blogger who is out of the country, and dealing with things remotely...

First things first - you'll know I'm trying to regroup for a North West Arts & Health big free event on January 5th at MMU. Why the 5th? Well, it's when the university is quiet, so we have more space, meaning it remains a free event. But I'm aware it's soon after the Christmas break and many people might not be able to attend. So to help me to decide whether to have it on the 5th or look to another date in the calendar, I'm asking that those of you who might want to attend a post-Creative Health Report event, and share your work and look forwards - fill in this simple - 'it's a good day - it's a bad day' - straw poll. Go on - even if it just gives me a general picture, it'll help. Click on Adam Parker Smith's crazy tiger (Prometheus) to cast your vote!

Now we all know funding is everything and here's something very interesting from the Department of Health focused on social prescribing. If it's not for you, please circulate to others who you think might be interested, as time is limited.

Health & Wellbeing Fund 2017/18 
The Department of Health and Public Health England have launched a new application round through the Health and Wellbeing Fund. The fund is part of the Health and Wellbeing programme. Each round focuses on a specific theme. The theme for this round is social prescribing.  Social prescribing is generally understood to be an intervention through which people are supported to access non-medical services in the community. Examples include befriending, art classes and exercise classes, but a wide variety of activities can be included. Typically, a community navigator/link worker will work with the individual to co-produce solutions that best suit their needs. Applications of up to £300,000 (in year 1) are being accepted from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.  The Government will be holding a series of webinars in September and October. The webinars will cover the application process and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions. The closing date for applications is the 21st November 2017. Read more by clicking on the HIV/AIDS posters below.

And for those of you trying to get to grips with how the NHS in England works. Here's a timely and alternative guide from The King's Fund to help you with that application perhaps!

New publication on local authorities, arts & older people
The Baring Foundation has produced a new report on local authorities, arts and older people entitled The Role of Local Authorities in Creative Ageing. The report and case studies provide a summary of the many benefits that the arts can bring to older people in improving their health and wellbeing, maintaining their independence, and reducing the costs of care. It also highlights the impact the arts can have on tackling loneliness. Click on the photo-booth image below.

New £4.5 million funding programme to support local social action (England)
A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The Placed Based Social Action programme will support established partnerships to put social action at the heart of plans to make a positive difference in their local area. The £4.5 million of National Lottery and government funding aims to increase the capacity of communities, civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses to work together to address priorities which matter to people locally. Phase one of the programme is open to expressions of interest until 28 November 2017. During the first phase, successful partnerships will have one year to work with a support contractor to design their local action plan. In winter 2018, these partnerships will be eligible for a funding award of up to £240,000 to put these plans into action. Partnerships that want to develop and expand their plan for a further three years will be eligible for a further funding award of up to £255,000 in early 2021. Read more HERE.  

Artists International Development Fund (England)
Probably one of the more interesting opportunities from ACE, and one I've been luck enough to support artists successfully being awarded over the years, is this international opportunity. Give it a go - it's not as onerous an application as you might think. The next application deadline for the Arts Council England's Artists International Development Fund is 5pm on the 13th December 2017. This funding stream is for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Self-employed and freelance artists can apply for small grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden your horizons and open their work to other perspectives. The programme is open to emerging and mid-career artists working in combined arts, literature, music, theatre, dance, visual arts and crafts and design. Applicants must have received recognition for their work in England and not have extensive international experience. The application must also include a letter of support from the overseas partner/host. Read more by clicking on the Orange Crush below.


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