London Arts and Health Launch New Arts and Culture on Prescription Resource

A year in the making, London Arts and Health are so excited to see their resources come to life as a downloadable guide, website, podcasts and video, as they dispel some of the myths surrounding social prescribing in the arts and cultural sector.

London faces one of the highest levels of health inequality in the world. With life spans of residents living just streets apart varying greatly. Covid-19 has highlighted and increased the divide in the health and wellbeing experienced in the city.

Arts in health programmes across the capital are using diverse and dynamic disciplines in a variety of health, care and community settings for expressive, restorative, educational and therapeutic purposes.

In our current political and economic climate, arts in health offer a professional, value-for-money contribution to mainstream health care as part of the social prescribing movement and yet London Arts and Health know that many of their members and the cultural practitioners across the Capital are struggling to get involved in the process.

In this new resource by London Arts and Health, the guide is designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding social prescribing in the arts and cultural sector. They recognise the importance of hyperlocal grassroots organisations in leading the London recovery and  London Arts and Health aim to ensure a level playing field for all who offer culture and arts for health and wellbeing.

Creative activity has long been known to have tangible effects on health and quality of life. The arts, creativity and the imagination are agents of wellness: they help keep the individual resilient, aid recovery and foster a flourishing society.

For more information visit – cultureonprescription.org.uk

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