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Re: Cost/benefit analysis of wellbeing work

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I'm late to this one, sorry.

Do contact the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and ask about their work with
people living with dementia and their carers.

On a wider EU (while it's still here...) basis do try contacting the Museum of
Modern Art in Rome as they have had an excellent, academically-researched,
project for adults living with dementia and their carers (they even evaluated
the impact on the doctors and other medical support staff for these people.

And finally, Den Gamle By in Aarhus ("in the middle of our street". Sorry,
couldn't resist...), Denmark. Wonderful long-term project:
 http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/13/493744351/denmarks-house-of-memories-recreates-1950s-for-alzheimers-patients
which I note is being taken up by Beamish too!

Hope these pointers are useful?

Essex


> On 01 February 2017 at 12:37 Holly Bee <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> Dear Rosie,
> 
> 
> Ah, the language of funders!
> 
> 
> It might be worth looking into the Imperial War Museum North's work with
> unemployed veterans and veterans with mental health issues.  They enrolled
> them in training schemes to help them get back to work and had some really
> positive results.  Over 80% of participants said that their wellbeing was
> significantly improved by the scheme and it was found that for every £1
> invested by the government, the country saved £3 in unemployment and medical
> welfare.
> 
> 
> Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery has done a lot of wellbeing work,
> including classes and health-related exhibitions, and Leicester's New Walk
> Museum runs yoga classes in the galleries to improve mental health and
> fitness, so they may be useful to contact too.
> 
> 
> The Horniman Museum, London, does a lot in terms of outreach, they worked with
> SEN students at Brent Knoll School and found students made great progress in
> communication and dealing with anxiety and they helped pupils of a local
> primary school work through the committing of a hate crime nearby by
> addressing the history of such issues and helping children to express their
> reactions.
> 
> 
> Really great work has been done on this by Viv Golding, Helen Chatterjee and
> Richard Sandell if you have time for any reading material. I'm afraid I'm
> recalling all these a bit vaguely, so I hope that the museums can let you know
> a bit more!
> 
> 
> I would always trumpet the value of museums as uniquely immersive and
> reflective spaces that can have a powerful positive effect that medical or
> domestic environments can't replicate.  Arts have been found to have an effect
> called 'flow', when one's mind is relaxed but fully occupied and so senses of
> time, anxiety and depression are suspended.  Various psychological studies
> worldwide (try google scholar or Jstor?) have found that engagement with arts
> aids physical and mental recovery a great deal and can reduce the likelihood
> of reoffending when used in prisons.  Furthermore, museums have historically
> been providers of wellbeing, since the 18th and 19th centuries when Thomas
> Coram, John Ruskin and the founders of the South Kensington Museums all
> created museums in order to tackle the prevalence crime, substance abuse and
> homelessness after the industrial revolution, as well as instilling pride and
> optimism in visitors.  Coram's Foundling Museum still works with children
> suffering long-term illness or problems at home.
> 
> 
> Hope this helps, good luck!
> 
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Holly
> 
> ________________________________
> From: List for discussion of issues in museum education in the UK.
> <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Rosie Barker
> <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: 01 February 2017 12:03:53
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Cost/benefit analysis of wellbeing work
> 
> Dear all,
> 
> We've been working with Birmingham Carers Hub for the last year, who support
> our carer wellbeing programme. They are currently working up a case to go to
> their funders justifying the wellbeing work they do, looking to demonstrate
> that investing in carer support reduces calls on GP time, medication, has
> social benefits etc.
> 
> We are looking for ways to prove the cost/societal benefit analysis of both
> the carer work that the museums do, and also the rest of their work and I just
> thought I'd put it out there to see if anyone had ever done anything similar
> or had any thoughts!
> 
> A part of me isn't keen on putting a monetary value on everything but we all
> have to talk the language of funders at times!
> 
> Any thoughts or pointers would be very welcome.
> 
> Many thanks
> Rosie
> 
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> Rosie Barker
> Community Engagement Team Leader, Birmingham Museums Trust
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