OAP clubs and homes organise regular sing-songs and music sessions but the researchers say the elderly are not the only group to benefit. They are urging councils and organisations throughout the UK to consider introducing programmes for pregnant women, young offenders, prisoners, young adults and workers.
The University of Brighton’s Professor Alan Tomlinson, Professor of Leisure Studies, and Professor Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, are part of a national network of researchers taking part in a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
The research findings, released this last week, are the first of a series of reviews, reports and publications that will be produced by the Culture, Sport and Wellbeing research network comprising Brunel University London, the University of Brighton, the London School of Economics, and the University of Winchester.
Funded for three years to the tune of more than £1m, the network is one of four research groupings to hold awards from the ESRC. Each is contributing to a programme co-ordinated by the ESRC-funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing, launched by the Government to develop and share evidence that governments, businesses, communities and people can use to improve wellbeing across the UK.