Kids Company, MAC-UK and The Old Vic announced as winners of the RSPH Arts and Health Awards

13 September 2012

The Royal Society for Public Health Arts and Health Awards marking significant contributions to research and practice in the field of Arts and Health are now in their fifth year. The 2012 Awards focused on the role of the creative arts in the promoting the health and wellbeing of children and/or young people.
 
Three winners were chosen from numerous nominations by the RSPH Arts and Health Awards Committee:
Old Vic - Epidemic in recognition of their innovative theatre work highlighting the major public health challenges of mental illness and obesity.
 
MAC UK for innovative work with disadvantaged youth through music.
 
Kid’s Company for inspirational work with vulnerable children and young people through the creative arts.
 
Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) is the talent, community and education programme of London’s historic Old Vic Theatre. Steve Winter, Director Old Vic New Voices said “exploring whether we could tackle such large health issues through a theatre project was a big risk for us – we had no idea whether it was going to work or not - but the results have been amazing. We are delighted to receive this award as it proves to us that there is a real link between arts participation and general wellbeing, and that we managed to make the most of that link. Having an organisation such as the RSPH acknowledge that is a true honour”
 
Through the development of an innovative community based mental health model, MAC-UK engages with some of the UK's most excluded young people. The arts are at the core of this approach. “We have been on an exhausting but unbelievable journey since founding MAC-UK in September 2008. This award is validation not only of the hard work, energy and commitment of our young people and staff, but of the importance of the Arts in engaging and inspiring young people” says CEO Dr Charlie Alcock
 
Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to 17,000 vulnerable children and young people in some of the most deprived areas of London. “Winning this award will significantly increase our ability to evidence the effectiveness of our art provision and help us make the case that art is a crucial intervention in healing vulnerable children and young people” commented Creative Director Jane Cladwell, “this will undoubtedly strengthen our case for sustainable funding in an economic climate where art is often perceived as luxury or an ‘add-on’. At Kids Company art is at the heart of everything we do. It is also recognition of the incredible talent and resilience of the children and the dedication of the staff who support them.”
 
 
The following projects were also commended:
 
Healing Arts, Isle of Wight – Timebeing 7 – creative arts in tackling the issue of obesity (Practice and Research by Matt Bauman)

Bubble Theatre – drama workshops addressing communication difficulties

Go Create – Gt. Ormond Street Hospital – engaging young people in creating a healing environment in the hospital

Arts Care – Salisbury Hospital – engaging children in creating a new Children’s Unit in the hospital

Fidget – London Arts and Health Forum – innovative use of digital media in addressing the issue of inactivity
 
 

Notes to editors
  • The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
  • The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world and enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen
    • It is a registered charity operating under Royal Charter
  • The RSPH is an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. Around 100,000 students take our qualifications each year through our network of over 1500 training centres throughout the UK. Our qualifications cover areas including health improvement, food hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition and emergency planning.
  • The RSPH is a membership organisation with almost 7,000 members. Membership of RSPH is a widely recognised mark of commitment to public health and brings real professional benefits.
  • The RSPH run a wide variety of conferences covering topics such as food safety, water, infection control and occupational medicine as well as training programmes covering all aspects of health improvement
  • The RSPH run an accreditation service for health and safety related products and manage the second largest food packaging certification scheme in the UK

Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) is the talent, community and education programme of London’s historic Old Vic Theatre.

OVNV aims to support emerging actors, writers, directors and producers, inspire young people and open up theatre to new and diverse audiences. EPIDEMIC was a project from OVNV’s Community strand which aimed to challenge perceptions of mental illness and obesity, whilst improving the health of participants. The project consisted of a new musical performed and produced by 181 volunteers across a diverse range of ages and backgrounds, and a new play that tackles childhood obesity which will tour London secondary schools throughout September and October 2012.
 
MAC-UK
1 in 3 young people who offend have an unmet mental health need at the time of offence. Serious youth violence is a public health issue as much as a justice one. Through the development of an innovative community based mental health model, MAC-UK engages with some of the UK's most excluded young people. The arts are at the core of this approach. We believe that the arts provide an opportunity for youth-led engagement through which mental health practitioners can develop relationships and deliver interventions. MAC-UK’s key principle is that mental health services, delivered in a collaborative and innovative way to marginalised young people, can lead to positive outcomes at individual, interpersonal and community levels.
 
Kids Company
Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to 17,000 vulnerable children and young people in some of the most deprived areas of London. Our services are delivered in 3 centres, a therapy house and across over 40 schools.

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