Events and current activity

APPG webinar on Care, Care Homes, Arts and Creativity

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing webinar on Care, Care Homes and the Arts and Creativity will consider how the arts and creativity can support carers and the cared for.

Chair: Ben Spencer MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing


Madeleine Bunting, author of Labours of Love: the Crisis of Care

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England


Angela Awuah, a carer and founder of Mental Health The Arts

Dr Sara Donetto, Lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative care, King’s College London.

Dr Alex Mermikides, Doctoral Programme Leader, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Douglas Noble, Strategic Director Wellbeing, Live Music Now

Speakers will talk from a range of perspectives about Care, Care Homes, Arts and Creativity.

Parliamentarians will respond to the presentations:

Lord Best, Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care

Baroness Hollins of Wimbledon, Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care

Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Social Care

Lord Ramsbotham

This will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

This webinar will be hosted by Arts & Health South West via Zoom. Please read AHSW’s Zoom Guidance and Security here.

How can the arts and creativity support people who are shielding and vulnerable during Covid-19?

This first round table event for the newly inaugurated APPG was held on 16 July 2020, 2-2:45pm. Speakers discussed how the arts and creativity can support people who are shielding and vulnerable in our communities. The webinar is available on the APPG Vimeo page. A report circulated to attendees by the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance can be found here.

  • Chair: Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries


  • Dr Ben Spencer, Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge
  • Baroness Young of Hornsey, member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Covid-19 and Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London.
  • Dr Daisy Fancourt, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology, UCL, lead on the UCL Covid study
  • Dr Neil Churchill OBE, NHSE Director, Experience, Participation and Equalities Group, Covid-19 Workstream Lead for Non-NHS Support for Vulnerable Individuals and Groups
  • Ellen Rule, Director of Transformation and Service Redesign, Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Cllr Julian German, Leader of Cornwall County Council and Vice-Chair of Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, LGA
  • Natasha Duggan, Expert Patient and Community Artist
  • Victoria Hume, Director, Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance
  • Vikas Kumar MBE, Director, GemArts, Gateshead
  • Patrick Fox, Chief Executive, Heart of Glass, St Helens

Parliamentary Action and Influencing Policy

Briefing for Integrated Care System planning

In 2019, the APPG and Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance partnered with the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network on a briefing for those responsible for Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) /Integrated Care Systems (ICS) planning. The purpose of the briefing is to support and inspire planners to include the arts and culture in their vision for the transformation of care. You can download the briefing here

Debates and recommendations

The APPG provides a springboard for parliamentary action, such as debates and questions for oral and written answer and for making policy recommendations:


Round tables, events, and annual reports

The APPG has held meetings and round tables and details of these can be found in the documents listed below, as well as our AGM and Annual Reports.

Inaugural meeting for 2020 (16 July 2020): download here

Heritage, Health and Wellbeing (2019): download here

Everyday Creativity (2018): download here

Libraries and Health: download here

Young People’s Mental Health: download here

Music and Dementia: download here

Annual report 2018-19

Find the APPG's annual report 2018-19

Annual report 2017-18

Find the APPG's annual report 2017-18 here

Creative Health Recommendation meetings

Recommendation 1: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 2: Notes and Actions

Recommendations 3 & 4: Notes and Actions January 2018 and Minutes February 2019

Recommendation 5: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 6:  Notes and Actions

Recommendation 7: Notes and Actions

Recommendation 8 - 1:  Notes and Actions

Recommendation 8 - 2: Notes and Actions

Recommendations 9 & 10: Notes and Actions