Author: Flourishing Lives

January 30, 2018 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

New Ministerial Lead on Loneliness Flourishing Lives is delighted to welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint a ministerial lead on loneliness. MP Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will see her role extended to include leading a cross-government group responsible for driving action on loneliness across all parts of government. The…

November 14, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Beyond the Five Year Forward View The healthcare landscape is shifting. Whatever the motivation – whether economic considerations, a ‘more sustainable NHS’ or sheer desire to recognise the potential of measures beyond traditional ideas of medication – assumptions that had been firmly held are starting to fracture. Discussion around what can contribute to health and…

November 9, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Float Like a Butterfly; Sting Like a Bee… …Or even better (and the lesser known extension of Muhammad Ali’s famous quote)… work together like a swarm of honeybees to overheat your opponent…   So, this entry is predominantly a thinly veiled excuse to share a great story that was just shared with me by a…

September 6, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Breaking Down Ageism Barriers in the Homecare Industry When you mention homecare or support to people, the perception is often that it’s just suited to the elderly – this is not the case. It also raises concerns that too many people pigeonhole the elderly, stereotype their ability to live alone or define the activities they…

August 14, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Age-Friendly Standards Launched The Family Arts Campaign has announced the launch of its new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide clear guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members. There are already 65 early adopters of the Age-Friendly Standards including Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Blackpool Grand Theatre.   The Standards are designed to…

July 11, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Flourishing: arts, wellbeing and older age What is the effect of engaging in participatory arts on the wellbeing and quality of life for healthy older people?   I am a PhD student at the University of Derby, researching Art for Health in Older Age. My research interests include investigating ‘meaningful’ creative engagement; examining definitions of…

June 23, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’ Last week I took part in Creativity and Wellbeing Week curating an exhibition of pottery called ‘Many Old Hands Make Great Work’. It showcased the talents of my pottery students who I teach from 4 residential and care homes in London and Surrey; they are all aged between 60-105…

May 29, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Flourishing Lives Conference 2017 The inaugural Flourishing Lives conference took place at the Royal Society in London on the 25th of May 2017. The event brought together 100 social innovators from across the arts and health sectors seeking to transform service provision, inspire progress and reduce loneliness and isolation amongst people over the age of…

April 26, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

‘Sawubona’ Hello!   Perhaps not the most usual way of starting a blog but certainly one of the most common greetings used in countries with English as a first language. Hello, an alteration from hallo, hollo comes from the Old High German, halâ, holâ. However, if we’re talking about the origins of hello the most common…

March 6, 2017 Flourishing Lives No comments exist

Sing Your Hearts Out For Valentine’s Day this year Flourishing Lives had the absolute pleasure of heading along to Stratford Circus for their ‘Sing Your Hearts Out’ sing-along. The first half of the sing-along was led by the Age Well Singers and the second half by Newham Super Choir.   We started off with a…