A Barnsley Museums project which helps local people connect with their heritage while supporting wellbeing has gone digital during the current pandemic.
Barnsley Cares led by Barnsley Museums and funded by Arts Council England, reaches out to local communities, particularly older people and those living in care homes, encouraging them to participate in activities centred around heritage and the arts.
In usual times, the project brings the joy and fascination of local museum collections to people and groups who can’t visit them in person. Activities focus on reminiscence, health and wellbeing, with the team regularly visiting dementia cafes, care homes and community centres where people can take part.
Now with the activities and interaction needed more than ever the project team, partners and volunteers have been busy making sure the vital work can continue via virtual methods.
Weekly films will be released via the Barnsley Museums social media channels that will encourage, communication, relaxation and connection.
Reminiscence films are shared every Monday afternoon, to encourage friends and relatives to talk about past events, evoking cherished memories and creating more happy moments. Wellbeing films offering a range of activities to bring a moment of much needed calm will be released every Wednesday afternoon from 3 June and can be done as a group virtually or individually.
Alongside this over fifty care packs containing archive film of Barnsley gone by, activities, and history related games have been sent all across Barnsley, to prompt residents of care homes and others to talk, share their stories, remember and find comfort in unsettling times.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “The work of Barnsley Cares is invaluable. The project brings light, laughter and stimulation into the lives of many through the history and the amazing collections connected to our amazing borough. It is essential that their work continues through this challenging time and we hope that the resources that they share will bring a smile to those who need it most.”
These activities are part of the wider Barnsley Museums digital programme which supports communities with health and wellbeing through connections to arts, heritage, landscapes and nature.
For more information about the programme visit http://www.barnsley-museums.com/join-us-digitally