Coronavirus resources & latest news

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[updated July 2021]

    We have collected evidence of work in culture, health and wellbeing during the pandemic here. Please also see our other resources for information on social prescribing, the climate emergency, research and evaluation and more.

    If you spot any dead links or think we should add anything, let us know.

    The Department for Media, Culture & Sport's latest newsletter is here including the Working Safely During Coronavirus Guidance published on 14 July, the Prime Minister's confirmation of the move to Step 4 on 19 July and Coronavirus restrictions updated on 12 July, etc.

    Funding & government financial support

    Programme grants / loans

    Freelance support

    Guidance for reopening and restarting work

    Guidance for reopening

    See also guidance for online work, below.

    Guidance for working online

    We developed new guidance on working online in collaboration with Arts Marketing Association, 64million Artists and Real Ideas earlier this year, for those of you working or running groups online. You might also want to check:

    Digital training

    If you run a business, venue or charity

    Analogue creative resources

    For some fantastic examples of offline and blended on- and offline practice see our report and case studies on work designed to reach people shielding at home. Here are some other examples:

    Digital/online creative resources


    General resources

    We continue to send our solidarity and support to frontline workers. Please see also our statement of support for #BlackLivesMatter.

    #BuildBackBetter: The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance is a signatory with the #BuildBackBetter coalition: "a platform for everyone who wants us to come out of this crisis a stronger, fairer, greener country."

    Learning from experience, and taking a step back: You can find here a collection of responses and reflections from the LENS group and others with lived experience of the impacts of culture and creativity on their health and wellbeing. We have also brought together a number of reflective articles and blogs to help us think through this crisis and the changes it may bring.

    Evidence we're gathering: You can see a list of the evidence we are gathering of activity in culture, health and wellbeing in relation to covid here. You can hear Rosie Dow present some early results from our survey in this Re-imagining the Future webinar from 18 May 2020.