November 19, 2014

Over the last month we’ve seen how the arts and creativity in general can reach out beyond any particular sector – from good relations, medical humanities and linking with young people.

At the end of October, Tom spoke at the House of Commons on People United’s work as part of Talk for a Change / International Alert All Party Parliamentary Group on good relations. It was fantastic to listen to other speakers from Bristol, Slough, Newcastle and Bradford – as well as our friends Professor Dominic Abrams and Jo Broadwood. The event emphasised the need for forums to share stories, ideas and frustrations in this vital area of understanding, tolerance and conflict resolution.

We contributed an article to a fascinating new Wellcome Trust publication compiled by consultancy team, 3 Johns and Shelagh. Our article was written in partnership with author and health and social care consultant John Ballatt, and focused on keeping humanity at the heart of healthcare. We hope to be working with John on supporting caring cultures within hospital settings next year. We’ll put the full article on our website in the near future. The full book can be downloaded here.

Finally, we were absolutely delighted to have been one of the beneficiaries of the Clore Prize Fund set up to celebrate 50 years of the Clore Duffield Foundation, 10 years of the Clore Leadership Programme and 5 Years of the Clore Social Leadership Programme. We will be working next year with Clore Social Fellow Tom Doust to devise an Imagination Lab: a creative space for children and young people to design ideas that will make a difference to society. Designed, led and grown with children and young people, the Lab will be housed in an experimental mobile space and will visit schools, festivals, and neighbourhoods in Kent and across London. See http://www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk/05-11-2014-clore-prize-winners and http://www.cloreduffield.org.uk/ for more information.

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