Aesop plans to launch a new online platform this summer. Primarily focused on people aged over 60, it will enable users to quickly and easily find a wide variety of high quality arts programmes that provide health benefits. Aesop is currently seeking organisations to help develop and then be included on the platform.

Aesop is leading this programme, with financial support from the National Lottery Community Fund, and with our current partners: The Reader and Sing to Beat. We want to ensure the new platform is as comprehensive as possible and, therefore, would like to hear from any interested arts organisation currently working in arts-and-health. To be included, programmes will need independent quantitative evidence of their health outcomes.

Aesop is already well known for our nationally available Dance to Health service. We have a wider leadership role in showcasing and promoting best practice within the field of arts and health through biennial conferences; annual surveys of attitudes within the health sector to the arts; professional development for the sector through the Aesop Institute and the development of concepts and tools for arts and health evaluation.

Tim Joss Aesop’s Chief Executive and Founder says:

We are very pleased to be developing this new service with our initial partners The Reader and Sing to Beat. For older people, it collects high-quality programmes in one accessible place. For arts partners, it’s a chance to be showcased, reach many more older people and share practice and learn from other arts partners.

The evidence requirement is important. Not all arts-and-health programmes improve the health of older people. For example, research has shown that ‘dance reduces older people’s falls’ is not true. Only certain kinds of dance reduce falls. Dance to Health can reduce falls by 58%.

To find our more or to get involved please contact: Sharon Sanderson, Programme Manager, at: sharonsanderson@ae-sop.org