50 cultural projects for people shielding at home 6 Aug 2020

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance has published a short report ‘How creativity and culture has been supporting people who are shielding or vulnerable during Covid-19’. As well as listing around 50 projects devised by museums, arts and cultural groups, it looks at some of the commonalities of the work. Most projects took part with government, health or third sector partners and used a mixture of on and offline approaches – mindful that some shielding groups also face digital exclusion. In total, the projects reached around 100,000 people including those with dementia, facing mental health difficulties and vulnerable younger people. Many of the organisations delivering work are themselves financially at risk because of the coronavirus. Case studies in the report include Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, which reached 100 people who are shielding through phone and newsletter; and Intermission Youth which worked with 30 young BAME people in Greater London with a programme including a Zoom Scratch night, film production and online support and mentoring  by phone. Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance