Manifestos and declarations

An image of banners on a wall, the nearest one reads 'unity in community'
Banners by Jane Thakoordin (shown at the CHWA national conference 2023)

Manifestos, pledges and declarations from our partners

A Social Glue

Commissioned by the Great Place project in Greater Manchester Combined Authority and authored by Dr Clive Parkinson, A Social Glue sets out how culture and creativity contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people of Greater Manchester and how the time has never been better to champion and expand this agenda.

Fair Pay and Lived Experience Resources

Resources co-created a response to the fact that people with lived experience of issues (including homelessness, the criminal justice system, poverty, aging, the asylum and detention system and with poor health) are not always paid fairly for their work and sometimes face barriers in progressing because of inflexibility with systems such as benefits. The Manifesto calls for changes to rules and the UK Benefits Resource gives simple information about Universal Credit, Vouchers, income and volunteering.

Age Friendly Museums Network Manifesto

The Age Friendly Museums Network believes that older people and museums enrich each other.

The network was established by a working group comprising National Musuems Liverpool, Glasgow Life, The British Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Manchester Museums and the National Museum Wales.

Creative Industries Manifesto

This 10-point manifesto outlines our statement of intent, and aims to drive inclusive growth and innovation across towns, cities and rural areas, in every nation and region throughout the UK. It builds on the landmark Creative Industries Sector Deal, agreed by government with the Creative Industries Council working with the Creative Industries Federation and others.


The Flourishing Lives Coalition

The Flourishing Lives coalition is united by a shared vision of excellence in services for older people, a Charter for innovation and best practice that defines the core relational philosophy of our work.

We believe that there is a pressing need to change the way people think about ageing - and the way service providers engage with older people. We want to work together to ensure that older people are genuinely valued and empowered to lead healthier, happier, more active and connected lives.

Our Flourishing Lives Charter identifies the core values of this relational approach.  

The Manchester Declaration

The Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change is a collective of people and organisations committed to improving the health of communities and addressing inequalities and their causes across Greater Manchester, nationally and globally.

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto

Children and young people with disabilities do not have equal access to cultural and arts opportunities

We want to change this. We want schools, cultural and arts venues and disability organisations to co-produce better and more opportunities for children and young people with disabilities to engage with arts and culture.

The Cultural Inclusion Manifesto is a statement of intent to work to address this. In the short time since the manifesto was established it has gained traction through word of mouth and has so far been supported music hubs, schools, cultural venues and bridge organisations. We want to hear from organisations who will join with us on this 'game changing' journey.

Kids in Museums Manifesto

The Manifesto can be used in the following ways:

  • As an audit tool
  • To help you with Arts Council accreditation
  • To show your visitors your values
  • As a framework for improvement
  • To promote your museum to a family audience
  • As an advocacy document

Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing

The Charter for Arts, Health & Wellbeing was produced in 2012 after extensive consultation by the then National Alliance for Arts, Health & Wellbeing before its merger with the National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing to form this Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.

The Recoverist Manifesto

Between 2012 and 2014, people in recovery from substance addiction, in the UK, Italy and Turkey, took part in artist-led workshops to explore the role of culture and the arts in their lives. Working with professional artists across the three countries, many people had a taste of contemporary art for the first time and shared their experiences through large-scale exhibitions and symposia. The Recoverist Manifesto came about through a meeting of minds, clash of cultures and diverse ideals.

Creative Freedom's Manifesto for a mentally healthy cultural sector

Our manifesto for a mentally healthy cultural sector

It’s time to change the conversation about mental health in the cultural sector to one of positivity and openness.   
We want to the freedom to be creative.

We’re leading the way – are you coming with us?

Health Improvement: At Full Volume

Written by Mark Burns, freelance arts & health theorist, Health Improvement : At Full Volume, is a guide/discussion paper about how to use existing pop songs, some famous and some obscure, to improve well-being. This work emerged from his own personal manifesto about the important role of music in society.

Culture Declares Emergency

Humanity faces the combined catastrophes of:

  • climate change
  • a mass extinction of vital biodiversity
  • a degradation of ecosystems health everywhere.

This is the Climate and Ecological Emergency, or the Planetary Emergency.

See the How to Declare section for Further Resources for a Declaration statement, which explains the Climate and Ecological Emergency in more detail.