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The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery, support longer lives better lived, meet major challenges facing social care, ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health - as well as save money in social care. Those are the key findings in a briefing paper by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie). Click here.

A new funding opportunity at Comic Relief aims to help improve the quality of relationships between care home staff and residents. Click here for more details and how to apply.  Applications close on 4th August, 2107.

From the CareKnowledge website, a report entitled Measuring National Well-being: Life in the UK by the Office for National Statistics.

Research has shown that in some cases older people in care can spend nearly 80% of their day sitting which can have a serious impact on physical and mental health. The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1m drive to increase levels of physical activity. Click here to read the story on the Care Inspectorate website.

Free training for activity co-ordinators and their managers in association with NAPA, the National Activity Providers Association, is taking place in Lowestoft and Haverhill is available. Click here for details and a booking form.

Developing the necessary skills and talents of activity providers, a blog by Sylvie Silver on the National Care Forum website. Click here.

Occupational therapy and physical activity interventions to promote the mental health wellbeing of older people in primary care and residential care - a report from SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.

An Office of National Statistics report Insights into Loneliness, Older People and Well-being, 2015 from CareKnowledge.

Activities co-ordinators are becoming a regular feature in residential care home staff teams.