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A Space To Be ...

Creative, Relaxed, Yourself

This project will support the mental health of young people aged 14–18 through engagement with the collections at six Hertfordshire museums (Watford, Royston, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage and Welwyn Hatfield). It is an early intervention for those at risk of, or already suffering from stress, anxiety or depression as identified by schools and health professionals.

Museums are recognised as venues which can have a major effect on health and wellbeing. Working with collections which ideally need interpretation including newly acquired objects we will use arts practice to draw out stories which reflect participants’ own experiences.

Participants will develop a sense of belonging to their local community, combatting isolation and engendering increased wellbeing. It has been amply demonstrated through academic research that the arts have a positive effect on wellbeing, this is not art therapy, simply an opportunity to express oneself in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.

The project provides for Mental Health awareness training for staff and volunteers at participating museums. There will be ongoing celebration/sharing of work by individual groups but the culmination will be a coherent online record set up in consultation with the participants.

If you would like to find out more about this project please contact:

aspacetobeherts@gmail.com

07746 578 292

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hertsmuseums@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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