The Restoration Trust has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £248,910 for an exciting heritage project, Scaling Up Change Minds

The Restoration Trust has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £248,910 for an exciting heritage project, Scaling Up Change Minds.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project is a partnership between the Norfolk Record Office and the Restoration Trust that builds on successful Change Minds projects in Norfolk. Change Minds is a community heritage programme using archives for mental wellbeing and social connection. It connects isolated people with local heritage assets, creativity and each other so that their mental health improves.

Scaling Up Change Minds consists of an online resource hub and six Change Minds pilots involving around 80 people who live with mental health challenges. Wellbeing research will be led by the University of Dundee.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund with the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation, the Hub will be a multi-media website managed by the Change Minds partnership of the Restoration Trust and Norfolk Record Office. It will contain advocacy, partnership formation, delivery and evaluation resources.

Six Change Minds iterations will test the Hub. They will involve up to 84 people from excluded backgrounds and diverse communities who live with mental health challenges.

The Hub will be enriched by the geographical and institutional spread of archives and their diverse mental health collaborators, with iterations at Norfolk Record Office, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, The National Archives, Bristol Archives, Lancashire Archives, and University of Dundee Archives. Wellbeing research will be led by the University of Dundee. The Scottish Council on Archives, the Richmond Fellowship and the University of East Anglia are involved as advisors and advocates.

The Restoration Trust is an organisation that involves people who live with mental health challenges in heritage and creativity. Scaling Up Change Minds focusses on using fascinating mental health and colonial archives to explore the history and impact of mental health and racism then and now.

Commenting on the award, Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust said: “We are thrilled to have received this support for our Change Minds partnership with the Norfolk Record Office thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that the project will benefit the participants and contribute to our mission to make heritage an everyday asset for mental health and wellbeing.’

Notes to editors
About The Restoration Trust

We use heritage and creativity to improve people’s mental health. We call it Culture Therapy because exploring compelling archives or sensory immersion in ancient landscapes reignites people’s curiosity and love of life. www.restorationtrust.org.uk

Follow @RestoTrust on Twitter and Facebook

About The Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH)

Using donations from the public, we support projects which preserve Norfolk’s archival heritage, and which encourage people to engage with Norfolk’s archives to the benefit of their wellbeing.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Each week, National Lottery players raise £36 million for good causes across the UK.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Laura Drysdale at the Restoration Trust on 07740 844883, laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

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