A continually updated list of projects, reports and research that we’ve found particularly helpful. The majority are based around the subjects of ageing, arts and health.




Attitudes to Age in Britain 2010-11 from the Department For Work and Pensions

Bringing The Arts To Life by Judy Rollins

Decision Time – Will the Voluntary Sector Embrace the Age of Opportunity?

Getting On – Arts and Older People from the Baring Foundation

Hidden Citizens – How Can We Identify the Most Lonely Older Adults?

I’m Still Me – a Narrative for Co-ordinated Support for Older People

Independent Age 2030 Vision

Involving Older Age: The Route to Twenty-First Century Well-Being

Local Authorities + Older People + Art = A Creative Combination

Researching Age-Friendly Communities

Silver Cities: Realising the Potential of our Growing Older Population

Small Things, Big Difference – A guide to Changing Older People’s Lives

Tackling Loneliness in Older Age – The Role of the Arts

Mental Health of Older Adults, Addressing A Growing Concern from World Health Organisation

Ageing in Public – Creative practice in ageing and the public realm from across the UK


Arts, Culture & Creativity

Arts For Health Manifesto Part 1 & Part 2

Create: A Journal of perspectives on the value of arts and culture

Cultural activities, artforms and wellbeing from Arts Council England

Cultural Value and Social Capital

The value of arts and culture to people and society: An evidence review

Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences


A Good Life with Dementia


End of Life
Time for Action


Health & Wellbeing
Alone and Caring – Isolation, loneliness and the impact of caring on relationships

Alone in the Crowd: loneliness and diversity

Everybody Active, Everyday

Happiness: Brighton & Hove Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Measuring your impact on loneliness in later life

The health and wellbeing benefits of public libraries

Wellbeing in four policy areas


Fair Access to the Arts: Investigating the barriers to accessing mainstream arts opportunities for disabled and/or marginalised artists and writers



Projects and Participation
20 Years in 12 Places: 20 years of Lottery funding for heritage

A review of the social impacts of Culture and Sport

ArtWorks – Reflections on developing practice in participatory settings

Hands on communities

Social prescription and the role of participatory arts programmes for older people with sensory impairments

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