Pathways to Wellbeing
In conjunction with The Holborne Museum , Bath Preservation Trust and The American Museum, Bath.
Our Pathways to Wellbeing programme supports local people who have experienced mental health issues, social isolation and homelessness by offering FREE creative, museum-based opportunities which promote wellbeing.
Pathways groups offer progression routes for people at different stages of their journey – from taught art sessions led by amazing artists to one-to-one mentoring, supporting people who’d like to try museum volunteering but lack the confidence to start.
All the projects recognise the importance of creating safe, welcoming, non-judgemental spaces where people can enjoy creating, learning and working together.
Wellbeing is at the heart of this programme, inspired by the Holburne’s mission statement ‘Changing Lives through Art’.
Over the first 2 years of the Big Lottery funded programme we have worked with over 100 people, many of whom had never visited the museums.
- run over 240 creative sessions in our 3 partner museums
- trained 16 museum volunteers to become mentors
- organised 12 exhibitions, showcasing art work produced by project participants
‘Being part of the group has given me the chance to get out, socialise and be less isolated.
I’ve also gained a sense of purpose. Using the museums for creative activities has also aided my wellbeing – definitely!
I have gained knowledge about how to use new materials and techniques and a sense of achievement and group pride.
I was isolated, overwhelmed and very down before I had this opportunity. I didn’t have much confidence. And although these feelings are still there, I have so much more to look forward to.’ (Participant feedback)
To find out more about any of these opportunities visit www.holburne.org/pathways-to-wellbeing/
or contact Louise Campion (Pathways to Wellbeing Manager)