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Live Well Make Art Informal Exchange, Bolton

Funded through *Live Well Make Art and GM Great Places the Informal Exchange project is one of four GM projects bringing together arts and health professionals to discuss development opportunities in the Arts, Health and Wellbeing sector. In Bolton this work contributes to Bolton Vision 2030 Neighbourhood Model (health and wellbeing) and Active and Confident (participation in arts, culture, sport etc… and volunteering) supported by Bolton Cultural Leadership Group.

The Informal Exchange initial project in Bolton comprised a consultation with health professionals and an Informal Exchange Event at Bolton Museum in November 2019 with the theme-

How can the Arts and Health Sectors work together to achieve better outcomes for Bolton?

The project delivery group includes Bolton at Home, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Bolton Libraries and Museum Service and Bolton CCG.

The consultation focused on health priorities, potential for partnership working with arts and cultural organisations and links to social prescribing whilst raising awareness of the wide variety of arts and health activity already happening in Bolton. The consultation showed that there is a great interest in developing relationships to both enhance health services for patients from GP practices to community and voluntary sector health organisations and also for staff working in health services to improve their own health and wellbeing.  Bolton Public Health team have also expressed interest in including arts and health data and developments in the role out of their Start Well, Live Well, Age Well campaigns and also in the new Prevention Concordat currently being developed for better population mental health.

The Informal Exchange event, was hosted by Clare Devaney, Research Associate with the Manchester Institute for Arts Health and Social Change at MMU. The afternoon was based around 5 Ways to Wellbeing experiential activities Connect, Learn, Give, Move and Take Notice with conversations around the themes of young people and mental health, including early years, social isolation/loneliness, activism and challenging stigma and workplace health. 

Provocations resulted in rich conversation and some key themes including;  Better connectivity between people working in arts and health sectors across Bolton, with  more ‘routes in’ between the two sectors, more effective referrals from health to arts, and easier ways for arts practitioners to find the right health expertise (especially when working with vulnerable people and complex needs);  A ‘Shared language’ for arts and health and the importance of consistency in measuring, flexibility from commissioners (rather than one-size fits all) and developing a shared understanding of the ‘value’ in practice-led (rather than outcomes-led evaluation;  Better capacity and resourcing for social prescribing;  Acknowledgement of the benefits of artistic and cultural expression to mental wellbeing (and the importance of mental health for artists and practitioners)

“We need to make mental health more accessible and less scary”.

A key recommendation from the Informal Exchange is to set up a local network with regular networking meetings for arts/culture, health and voluntary sector organisations across Bolton, underpinned by a forum/ ‘shout out’ board for better referrals and signposting. Working through the network to generate a shared understanding of wants and needs, developing collaborative approaches to commissioning, funding and evaluation and to develop capacity, understanding and shared approaches, especially in the priority areas of Social Prescribing and Mental Health.

“Health is such a massive sector. My assumption is that health people are always really busy doing important things. I am never sure of who the right people are or how to get in touch with them.”

The current Covid-19 circumstances have meant that planned next steps sessions addressing key issues have been paused.  However the project group are still on board and looking at ways to make this happen currently by providing a platform for information on the website www.thenervecentre.org.uk   

If you would like your arts and health activity or news to be featured please contact Lory Povah, arts and health consultant working with the project group.

loryp@hotmail.co.uk

*Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activist, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. We have been working together for two years as a social movement. We want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and we want to make our streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live. LWMA has received funding from GMCA, through its Great Places initiative, for a programme of work which is now nearing an end. LWMA has supported Bolton partners to deliver the Informal Exchange event.

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‘MyCorona’ by Danielle Porter

Time to off load and share. Our voices telling you how it really is: The highs, the lows, the new learnt talents and how we have been staying connected to our communities….Or have you just been pulling your hair out? Work life and home life = Crazy Life!!!

Bolton at Home Production.

Bolton Digital ‘stories’ podcasts

Short stories from a mix of local people about their experiences during the Coronavirus lockdown

Arts & Health, Children & Young People, Children & Young People, Community & Voluntary, Creative Industries, Health, Regional, Uncategorized

GM i-THRIVE Arts Culture& Mental Health: Ask us Anything

Ask us anything…

Here’s your chance to get answers to any questions you have about arts, culture and mental health. 

Submit a question

Maybe you’d like to know:

Could something like singing actually help my mental health?
Is there any evidence for the benefits?
What’s available in my area? 

We’ll be answering your questions throughout July during our dedicated Arts, Culture and Mental Health month. Keep your eye on your inbox, and follow us on twitter @GMiTHRIVE where we’ll be providing the answers and more.

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Connect: Design Thinking for Audience Development

The Audience Agency and Goldsmiths University are launching a pioneering new programme as part of a European partnership funded by Erasmus +

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a free professional development programme co-created with some of Europe’s leading audience development thinkers and practitioners. It takes a very experiential approach to learning for those of us who prefer to learn-by-doing and introduces some of the best new ideas from the wider creative industries to help us evolve our engagement practice. Help us to shape this programme for the wider sector next year.”

Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency CEO

This ‘twin track’ programme brings culture professionals and post-graduate students together to develop and test strategic approaches to audience development, including an introduction to user-centred service design and action research. It consists of 7 one-day modules at Goldsmith’s College, London, combined with in-organisation development of an action research project. Participating organisations will host students on internships and all participants will be supported by an independent mentor. On completion of the programme, participants will receive a professional certificate from Goldsmith’s University.

Deadline for applications  15 October 2018

For more information

https://bit.ly/2xhp8tA

 

Source: Audience Agency

 

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Research Executive / Senior Research Executive

Are you an experienced Researcher with a passionate interest in what makes people and organisations tick? If you’re interested in contributing to the strategic growth of an exciting company then this could be the role for you.

We’re looking to grow our UK team with experienced Research Executives / Senior Research Executives. We’re recruiting for two positions, one will be a permanent position and the other will be a 12 month fixed term maternity cover contract.

Morris Hargreaves McIntyre are the largest cultural strategy and research agency in the UK. Based in Manchester, and with offices in New Zealand and Australia, we specialise in organisational development, strategic planning, audience insight and market research, brand development, audience development, segmentation, product development, income development and impact evaluation within the arts, cultural, heritage, leisure, higher education, sports and charity sectors. All of our projects are different, but the value we add is constant.

The role requires a highly intelligent and organised ‘completer-finisher,’ who is knowledgeable in both qualitative and quantitative research, to deliver the very best insight and results possible. You will have considerable experience working in a consultancy or market research environment where your time is accountable. Proven experience of working directly with clients and successfully managing projects to agreed timescales, budgets and to a high standard is a must.

In this role you will play a part throughout the project lifecycle, drawing on strong project management skills and experience to manage project teams, ensuring projects are delivered on time and budget, with quality outcomes. You will undertake research design, data collection and analysis to produce insightful, stimulating reports for some of the world’s leading museums, galleries, theatres and arts centres as well as heritage bodies and charities in the UK and around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

Research Executive

  • Project manage the delivery of projects, working with project teams to ensure delivery on time and on budget, to a standard that delights our clients
  • Design quantitative and qualitative research tools and methods
  • Conduct primary qualitative research and source secondary research
  • Analyse, interpret and report on qualitative and quantitative data. This includes producing reports and other final outputs of projects (e.g. client presentations)
  • Take an active part in insight workshops and other collaborative sessions to analyse and model findings and develop conclusions
  • Contribute to the development of new products, evaluation tools/methods and improved systems

Senior Research Executive 

  • Undertake research design, data collection and analysis and produce insightful, stimulating reports
  • Support and contribute to delivery of strategic projects
  • Contribute to business development and account management of key clients by managing client accounts, responding to briefs for new work, writing proposals, attending pitches and developing potential opportunities
  • Design and implement digital research methods including online and social media research, panel research, online research, online communities and web research
  • Line manage, mentor and train other members as appropriate
  • Support Account Group Leads and Chief Strategy Officer with delivery of strategies, including developing, agreeing and prioritising projects within this area and advocating for them through AGLs

Contract: We’re looking to grow our UK team with experienced Research Executives / Senior Research Executives. We’re recruiting for two positions, one will be a permanent position and the other will be a 12 month fixed term maternity cover contract.
Closing date: 9am Monday 15th February 2016
Salary: £18-26K / £24 – £32K per annum
Location: Based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Applicants should note that, since Morris Hargreaves McIntyre serves a large number of national and international clients, a Research Executive / Senior Research Executive may be required to visit other parts of the UK and countries as and when requested
Benefits:  25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays, company pension scheme, annual Company performance related bonus.
Hours of Work: Hours of work are open to discussion. A full time contract is a minimum of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday. MHM offer some flexibility on start and end times in return for your flexibility when required to meet business needs.

Application forms can be here: http://mhminsight.com/work-with-us. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task.

Please submit a completed application form and your CV via going here.