Lapidus International is the words for wellbeing association, aspiring to be a catalyst for generating well-being through words. It aspires to be an influential voice in developing and promoting effective and innovative practices on a global scale.
A core strategy to achieve this is through policy level intervention and promoting projects, where the aim is to:
Over the last 20 years, Lapidus International has been part of importance conversations at governmental level. These have included contributions to:
Currently, we are currently developing policy work in the following policy areas:
If you are a professional wanting to get involved and influence wider policy interventions, please become a member and contribute to our consultations.
Lapidus International has developed, facilitated, or collaborated on a variety of projects utilising words for well-being practices. A selection of examples are provided below. If you are a professional wanting to get involved or collaborate in new projects please become a member and get in touch.
Wellbeing Gifts (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, 2017)
This project aimed to raise awareness of well-being through the innovative use of poems. This project was facilitated by Lapidus International and funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. All Lapidus members were invited to tender to run pilot projects.
Nurturing the Spirit of Ubuntu at Work (HEFCE, 2017)
This project aimed to generate a sense of collective well-being in the context of complex professional settings. This project was funded by the Quality Research Grant Scheme at the University of Chester (via the Higher Education Funding Council).
The Resilient Manager (HEFCE, 2015)
This project examined the stories of managers in order to find helpful strategies to support well-being and specifically resources for resilience. This project was funded by a Learning & Teaching Grant Scheme at the University of Chester (via the Higher Education Funding Council).
Spreading the Word (Arts Council England, 2009 onwards)
This project was organised by Lapidus International and funded by Arts Council England. All Lapidus members were invited to tender to run pilot projects. The eight projects selected were:
Lapidus Poetry & Mental Health project (Wellcome Trust, 2007)
In 2007, Lapidus International collaborated in a project aimed at raising awareness of mental health and emotional intelligence issues amongst teenagers. The Poetry Society Education Department advised on best practice and the project was coordinated by Graham Henderson, Chief Executive, Poet in the City
A programme of 22 days of schools' placements was delivered by Lapidus, Samaritans and The Poetry Society in schools around the UK from January 2007. Cheryl Moskowitz, who delivered and evaluated the programme for Lapidus, produced sample teaching notes and stimulus poems as models for the poets/educators taking part in the programme.
The poetry placements form an integral part of the national programme of placements being run by the Samaritans' Developing Emotional Awareness and Learning (DEAL) programme Samaritans DEAL
As part of the project, a poetry event was organised by Poet in the City at the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 11 April 2006, at which Professor Femi Oyebode, senior psychiatrist and poet, gave a talk and there were readings by actors Ruth Rosen and Peter Forbes. The event was recorded by the British Library Sound Archive and is available for study and use. Poet in the City produced audio downloads for use on its website.