Culture Quest

Culture Quest is a music appreciation programme for around 20 people with complex mental health needs living in 24/7 supported housing in Norwich who meet weekly to explore cultural passions. In 2017 Culture Quest also began running sessions at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. It is a partnership between The Restoration Trust, Norwich Arts Centre and Julian Support. CQ is funded by Norfolk County Council, Norwich Town Close Estate Charity, Norwich Consolidated Charities and Geoffrey Watling Charity.
This year Culture Quest is running music appreciation groups led by Dave Pullin, musician and mental health professional.

Introducing a brand new chapter, the Burgh Castle Almanac Experience.
New events! New activities!

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About the Project:

Burgh Castle Almanac was an archaeology, creativity and wellbeing programme which took place at Burgh Castle Roman Fort and the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. It engaged metal health services users in the Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, and Waveney Area. The project aimed to meet the goals of the trust’s idea of Culture Therapy in which they use heritage and creativity to improve people’s mental health. It is called Culture Therapy because exploring compelling archives or sensory immersion in ancient landscapes reignites people’s curiosity and love of life. Using heritage and creativity the trust wants to improve people’s mental health without relying on services.

Safe Practice, Impact, Outcomes and Evaluation

All partners and policies meet professionally required standards and due diligence is applied to the formation of partnerships. The project has ethical approval from the University of Dundee with an evaluation methodology that measures participants wellbeing before, immediately at the end of the project and a year later.

Work with Us

Change Minds is like a family in which all those who are part of the project, archivists, staff, and volunteers have the opportunity to learn from each other and take part in creative sessions led by professional facilitators. If you are interested in running your own Change Minds Project, get in touch with the Change Minds Hub.

I’d recommend [Change Minds] to people who are interested in history archives and that kind of research, as well as people who are interested in understanding mental wellness itself and historical context on that. It has been interesting looking at these themes being come out from people from very different backgrounds.” (Change Minds Participant).

“To have such a beautiful place on my doorstep is incredible. There are places like that all around us, but we don’t know about them; we don’t engage with them. And now, myself and my wife, we get out more, we go walking to different places.”

– Talking on how discovering this nature on their doorstep has given them a new look on the area around them.

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