Do the Arts Reduce Loneliness?


Do the Arts Reduce Loneliness?

10th March, 2-3pm, FREE

Experts will investigate the evidence base and whether statutory or voluntary bodies understand the impact of the arts on people at risk of loneliness.
Information on registering at the bottom of the post.

Speakers will include:

JANET MORRISON – Chair, Campaign to End Loneliness
Chief Executive of Independent Age, Janet Morrison is a founder of the Campaign to End Loneliness – a coalition of over 1,000 organisations – which raises awareness of loneliness in old age and what works to address it. Janet is Chair of the Baring Foundation and is also a member of the Advisory Board of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. In 2014 Janet won an Arts and Health Australia excellence award for health, well-being and social inclusion.

DAVID CUTLER – Director of The Baring Foundation and author of ‘The Role of the Arts in Tackling Loneliness’
Director of the Baring Foundation since 2003, funding international development, social justice and the arts with an interest in strengthening civil society. Prior to this, David Cutler worked in the public and voluntary sectors on youth policy, community safety and racial equality. He has been a trustee or Non-Executive Director for a number of organisations including the Tropical Education Health Trust (THET), the British Institute for Human Rights, the Commission for the Compact, A Primary Care Trust and Amnesty International UK.

ALICE THWAITE – Director of Policy, Equal Arts
Alice Thwaite is a pioneer in the field of creative ageing in the UK, since developing Equal Arts as an organisation that specialises in work with older people in the early 1990s. In 2010 Alice was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship which has enabled her to travel extensively in the USA looking at examples of best practice. She is keen to share good practice and has spoken at Tate Modern, worked with the Royal Academy and presented at MoMa in New York.

PAUL CANN(Chair) – Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire
Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire since 2009, Paul Cann is a founding member of the national Campaign to End Loneliness.In 2008 Paul was awarded the medal of the British Geriatrics Society for an outstanding contribution to the well-being of older people. In 2009 he was appointed an Associate Fellow of the International Longevity Centre and also in that year a Charter Member of the charity Independent Age. He co-edited ‘Unequal Ageing (Policy Press, 2009), which examines in turn the injustice and inequalities experienced by older people in income, housing, health, and many other aspects of daily life.

To take part in this Free webinar, please register your interest by contacting By joining our webinar, you will have the chance to direct your questions to experts in the field and learn more about the new opportunities that are shortly being made available to support this field of work.

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