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Participatory arts, sport, physical activity and loneliness: the role of space and place

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WHAT WORKS CENTRE FOR WELLBEING

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What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Publication year:

2020

This briefing summarises the key findings from a qualitative evidence review into the role of place and space in enhancing wellbeing or alleviating loneliness when taking part in participatory arts and sport or physical activity. The review identified five key themes in the evidence base which highlight processes by which participatory arts and sport increase wellbeing and/ or reduce loneliness. They are: belonging and identity; relationships to community and locality; therapeutic and sensory spaces; safe spaces; and pace and rhythm of a space and place. The briefing concludes by suggesting how the evidence could be implemented. (Edited publisher abstract)


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