Report and case studies
The attached report – How creativity and culture is supporting shielding and vulnerable people at home during Covid-19 – is based on case studies of almost 50 projects in England and Wales, all of whom have created new programmes or adapted existing work to reach people who are shielding or vulnerable in their homes. You can hear more about the report and this work in this recording of the 16 July webinar for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health & Wellbeing.
The report is intended to bring to light the scope, breadth and reach of the work that cultural and creative organisations and individuals have been doing since lockdown to reach the most vulnerable in our communities, and the immense creativity and care with which this work has been designed.
“Creative Care packages have been sent to some of our most vulnerable families and have proved to be a lifeline to those that are engaging with them... Many, many thanks to all involved in bringing this opportunity to our community.” (Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination’s Creative Care programme)
Almost all of the case studies in this report were undertaken in partnership – with local government, health, and/or third sector partners. It is this collaborative approach, together with a commitment to building responsive projects from the ground up, that has supported people’s creativity at the height of a national crisis. The skills, time and energy required for this work are undervalued, however. We hope this report will help us learn from what has worked during the crisis; and that it will help make the case for comprehensive financial and infrastructural support for work that will be as vital to our recovery as it has been a lifeline during lockdown.
- Case studies from 50 arts, culture & heritage organisations
- targeting people shielding or vulnerable at home during covid
- total reach - over 100,000 people
- projects used phone / post / online
- tackling variety of health conditions, overwhelmingly addressing loneliness and isolation
- 94% conducted in partnership to ensure the work reaches the people who need it:
- 69% with voluntary and community sector organisations
- 50% with local authorities
- 48% in partnership with the NHS
We recommend that leaders in health, social care, local government and culture give serious consideration to these organisations and practitioners who have been so vital for the wellbeing and cohesion of our communities during the covid crisis, and learn from the ways in which they have worked.
In particular, these case studies suggest the following needs:
- Significant investment in socially engaged creative and cultural practice - including all elements (partnership development, coproduction, signposting, pastoral care, practitioner support, logistics, and so on)
- Investment in partnerships between culture, local government, the NHS and the third sector which supports creative and cultural ‘providers’
- Investment in the networks and alliances (national, regional and local) that support socially engaged practitioners and organisations to continue and develop their work and partnerships, collect data and advocate for this work collectively on their behalf
- Research and evaluation support for the sector in general and to better understand the impact and process of working remotely
Sincere thanks to the organisations - with programmes reaching 100,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities - who have found time despite everything to respond to our call for case studies. You can read about all of their work by scrolling down below - the case studies are ordered by organisation, in alphabetical order.
Art & Soul, Arts Derbyshire, Arts Development Company, Aspex, the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Butterflies, Cambridge Curiousity & Imagination, Celebrating Age Wiltshire, Colchester & Ipswich Museums, Coram, Christchurch Belles WI, Create, Creative Learning Guild, Creative Minds, darts, Denbighshire Leisure Ltd Community Arts, Devon Recovery & Learning College, Dream Time Creative, Escape Arts, Free Space Project, Fun Palaces, Garden Museum, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Inclusive Intergenerational Dance (iID), Intermission Youth, Live Music Now, Look Again, Luv2MeetU, Magic Me, Manchester Museum, Museum of London, Museum of Oxford, National Archives, National Museums Liverpool, Open Art Box, The Reader, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Southbank Centre, South London Gallery, Suffolk Artlink, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Recovery College, Salisbury Arts Centre, Theatre Orchard, University of Cambridge Museums, Verd de Gris, Wiltshire Creative, Yorkshire Dance...