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Participation in culture can make a real difference to health and wellbeing.
What role could museum volunteering have in promoting wellbeing?
How can museum volunteering be funded, planned, structured and evaluated with wellbeing in mind?
This one day seminar will introduce the key issues and the evidence base for links between culture and wellbeing, looking specifically at museum volunteer involvement and volunteering projects in this context.
This seminar is for you if you want to better understand:
- the wider policy landscape for health and wellbeing
- the potential of museum volunteering to contribute to this important agenda
- good practice in volunteering for wellbeing projects
- possible funding opportunities
- practical ideas for developing your own partnerships and projects
Lunch will be provided and their will be plenty of opportunities for networking.
There will be workshops on project planning, partnerships and funding as well as case studies from museums who have recently delivered succesful health and wellbeing projects.
Case Study: The Manchester Museum
Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Programmes, The Manchester Museum and Danielle Garcia, Volunteer Programme Manager, Imperial War Museum North
Andrea will deliver a case study presentation about the Heritage lottery-funded if: Volunteering for wellbeing which has engaged with over 230 people, supporting them into learning and volunteering and away from social and economic isolation. The project’s main aim is to help people gain confidence, work experience and new skills to improve health and wellbeing. The project is using a Social Return on Investment methodology to evaluate and demonstrate the added value to society.
Case Study: Creativity Works and the Holburne Museum
Philippa Forsey from Creativity Works and Louise Campion from the Holburne Museum will present their partnership which is working to extend existing museum participation by creating new opportunities for volunteering.
Louise Campion is Learning and Community Engagement Officer at The Holburne Museum, Bath. The Holburne’s vision is ‘Changing Lives through Art’ and the Museum is committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through creating exciting engagement opportunities for all. A new Pathways to Wellbeing programme (funded by the Big Lottery) is supporting mentored volunteering as well as peer led and creative museum-based groups, in partnership with health and social care organisations.