Category: Health and wellbeing

Nice Things for Museum People: Health and Wellbeing: How to be more sloth

Welcome to the third of our Monday morning blog posts for our museum colleagues. As with the others of these posts, we hope they will help you feel that you’re staying connected with us and the North West museums sector in some way. Read them if they’re helpful to you, ignore them if they’re not.

Last week we shared a playlist we have created to help those that are still working within their museums, but this week we want to focus on health and wellbeing and being more sloth…

The health and wellbeing of museum visitors and the people that work within them are hugely important to us, and whilst we are currently delivering an Organisational Health and Wellbeing Programme, not every organisation is able to participate which is why we have pulled together a list of activities you can do online and in the comfort of your own home. Please note though, that this is only a small list and there are a huge amount of activities only clicks away!

First up is some great practical advice from Mind, which gives you advice if you’re feeling anxious or isolated. It covers everything from working remotely best practice to taking care of your home environments.

To encourage you to keep working out, the NHS have created some simple 10-minute workout videos that can be followed from the comfort of your own home.

When it comes to good health and wellbeing, good nutrition is key to keeping well, especially in the current situation and Hero Wellbeing have a blog that gives advice, suggests recipes and recommends foods to try.

Next up, Manchester Art Gallery offers access to their online mindfulness audio guides and activities. Led by Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Manchester Art Gallery, the activities help you to relax whilst taking in and contemplating some of the gallery’s most iconic pieces. Louise also recommends this guide to supporting your mental health during COVID-19 outbreak from the Mental Health Foundation.

Manchester Museum also have their wonderful Cultural First Aid Kit which was developed for use in hospitals but which can be used anywhere.

What does the MDNW team do though?

Well Alex is a keen cinephile and watches as many films as possible, whilst making sure to go to his local nature reserve to see the ducks and say hi to the horses.

Lynsey is watching Muppet Christmas Carol and doesn’t care that it’s unseasonal. She’s also made a start on all those books in the bookcase she’s been meaning to read.

Kaye loves to watch re-runs of Absolutely Fabulous and anything with Victoria Wood in it. She also loves to read in bed and listen to audio books whilst painting (including painting the house or with her kids!)

Abdullah takes a daily walk and also uses this time to learn something new. He also speaks to friends and family online regularly and enjoys gardening.

Lastly (and we know you’re waiting for this bit), we all need to learn to be more sloth. Inspired by Sarah Ford’s book “Be A Sloth, & when in doubt, just chill out” we’ve been trying to be more sloth-like this last year, and now more than ever sloth’s wise words in the book are resonating with us.

Be a Sloth book cover

Be a Sloth book cover

Here’s just a few from him:

 

Sloth was being kind to himself

Sloth thought that sometimes you just had to go through it

Sloth had tuned out the chatter

Sloth silenced his inner critic

Sloth thought it was a mistake to underestimate the power of slow

Every now and again, Sloth liked to turn his life upside down (I think we can all say this one has been achieved recently!)

Sloth liked to try new things

Sloth was eating mindfully

Sloth thought laughter was the best medicine

Sloth got great pleasure from small things

 

And with that we’ll finish this week’s post and make sure we remember the wise words above.

 

Creative Festivals Event: North West

From the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance:

Join us for a Networking and Information Event to discuss plans for Creativity & Wellbeing Week, Get Creative Festival and Age of Creativity in May 2020
 

Weds 15 January, 2-4pm
The Whitworth Gallery
London Rd
Manchester
M15 6ER
Attendance at this networking event is free but places are limited.

This is an opportunity to:

  • hear about the Creative Festivals taking place in May 2020
  • start planning your involvement in the festivals
  • network with others in the north west and plan joint activities.

This collaborative partnership of Creative Festivals aims to turn May 2020 into a month of creativity and culture through the coming together of three festivals:

With creativity and wellbeing now high on the agenda in policy across culture, health, ageing, social connectedness and communities, the time has never been better to come together to discuss how we can work together to support opportunities for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are, to participate in culture and creativity. Across the three festivals, we will be focused on reaching out to more people, working towards positive futures and looking at mental health in young people, climate change, ageing through the life course, and public health and everyday creativity; but we welcome events and activities that relate to any health, wellbeing or wellness issue or creativity more broadly – these are open and inclusive festivals and we want to showcase whatever you are doing!

If you can’t make this event, please find others happening around the country:
East: 22 January, Norwich
London: 31 January, London
Midlands: 24 January, Birmingham
North East: 21 January, Sunderland
North West: 15 January, Manchester
South East: 27 January, Oxford
South West: 22 January, Exeter
Yorkshire & Humber: 15 January, Leeds

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‘My Wellness: It’s An Inside Job’ event

Wednesday 2 October 2019
09:00 – 17:00

FREE
#WellnessWarrior

From FCMS & PDS Medical:

Talking more about our shared experiences and being inspired by people who raise our self-awareness is a monumental step forward in helping us make improvements to both our physical and mental wellbeing.

Our event is targeted at anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about how to look after their own wellbeing, care for their loved ones and support the people around them. Many of us spend a lot of our time caring for others; however on Wednesday 02 October 2019 the day is focussed on you and your wellness.

This ‘awareness into wellbeing’ event offers a great opportunity to share a day of learning and inspiration from some of those with lived experience. The programme includes plenty of opportunity to network and meet new people who are in the profession of serving the public; we will have a number of stands offering further information, support and advice to reiterate the understanding that you are not alone.

To book a place, click here.

About the Trainers

The ethos of FCMS as a ‘not for profit’ health and wellbeing services provider is to be passionate in its drive to ensure that patients and callers remain the central focus of all that it does. Coupled with excellent and well established clinical governance systems and extremely effective operational expertise, it has meant that the company has the ability to strategically visualise, develop, and implement award winning services.

The amazing success and growth that PDS Medical has experienced since 2004 is due to the hard work, passion and authenticity of our staff.

PDS Medical endeavour to treat each, patient, carer, user or client as we would treat a member of our own family. By having this ethos  at the heart of what we do, we have consistently delivered great services in an ever changing health care environment. Whether your contact with PDS Medical is for an urgent care appointment, a diagnostic test or a specialist consultation you will always be treated with dignity and respect and will receive the very best care our staff can give you.

MDNW Organisational Health and Wellbeing Programme

Funded by MDNW and delivered by ABL Health, this programme will offer you support to understand the Health & Wellbeing of your museums’ greatest assets, your staff and volunteers.

The aim of the programme is to support museums to actively make improvements to the way they work, to support the improvement of staff and volunteer health and wellbeing.

What to Expect

ABL will work with you to review your organisational needs, and help you identify your key strengths and areas of concern. e.g.

  • Staff Sickness Absence
  • Productivity
  • Health & Safety
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Training plan and needs
  • Communication Systems

Using this information and key public health data about the communities surrounding your location, we will tailor our lifestyle survey to assess the health and wellbeing status, needs and desires of your staff and volunteers.

All information provided by them will be anonymised to avoid identifying individuals, giving confidence to provide honest views and feedback.

Bringing it all together in an actions focused report, which will be shared with MDNW only, subject to our confidentiality agreement with you, ABL will work with you to identify priorities and provide options appraisals for the improvement plans.

ABL will deliver some identified training in conjunction with MDNW, and will connect you with other organisations who can offer benefits to your staff and museum– free of charge where possible.

ABL will then liaise with you to review and evaluate progress and your experiences.

Time Commitment

Over a period of 12 months ABL will liaise with you to make initial and evaluation visits with management, plus up to two visits to staff to complete surveys and check information is accurately interpreted.

They may need to ask questions by email or telephone in between times, but otherwise ABL will conduct the work with minimum disruption to your daily business.

How to Apply

To apply for this exciting programme, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and send to Alex Bird by 5pm on Friday 4th October – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that this programme is for those working in non-NPO, non-National Accredited museums.

MDNW Organisational Health and Wellbeing Programme Launched

Funded by MDNW and delivered by ABL Health, this programme will offer you support to understand the Health & Wellbeing of your museums’ greatest assets, your staff and volunteers.

The aim of the programme is to support museums to actively make improvements to the way they work, to support the improvement of staff and volunteer health and wellbeing.

What to Expect

ABL will work with you to review your organisational needs, and help you identify your key strengths and areas of concern. e.g.

  • Staff Sickness Absence
  • Productivity
  • Health & Safety
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Training plan and needs
  • Communication Systems

Using this information and key public health data about the communities surrounding your location, we will tailor our lifestyle survey to assess the health and wellbeing status, needs and desires of your staff and volunteers.

All information provided by them will be anonymised to avoid identifying individuals, giving confidence to provide honest views and feedback.

Bringing it all together in an actions focused report, which will be shared with MDNW only, subject to our confidentiality agreement with you, ABL will work with you to identify priorities and provide options appraisals for the improvement plans.

ABL will deliver some identified training in conjunction with MDNW, and will connect you with other organisations who can offer benefits to your staff and museum– free of charge where possible.

ABL will then liaise with you to review and evaluate progress and your experiences.

Time Commitment

Over a period of 12 months ABL will liaise with you to make initial and evaluation visits with management, plus up to two visits to staff to complete surveys and check information is accurately interpreted.

They may need to ask questions by email or telephone in between times, but otherwise ABL will conduct the work with minimum disruption to your daily business.

How to Apply

To apply for this exciting programme, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and send to Alex Bird by 5pm on Friday 4th October – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that this programme is for those working in non-NPO, non-National Accredited museums.

 

Knitters needed! Help Touchstones create a swarm of bees

Touchstones, Rochdale would like your help to create a swarm of 500 knitted bees to be displayed in the galleries in 2020. 

Dippy, the famous Diplodocus from the Natural History Museum, will be visiting Rochdale from February to June 2020. He will be on display at Number One Riverside with an accompanying exhibition at Touchstones in Rochdale town centre and they would like to create an installation of knitted bees to highlight the importance of bees and why we need to look after our world. Can you help them by knitting a bee? There are two patterns for two different size bees. More information, the patterns and contact details of where to send them can be found by clicking the link: Knit a bee for Dippy pattern

At the end of the exhibition, Touchstones will raise money for a biodiversity project in Rochdale by selling the bees by suggested donation.

Knitted Bees

Regional Health and Wellbeing Project Opportunity

Museum Development North West is working with Paintings in Hospitals to develop an exciting project and we’re looking for three Accredited museums from the North West to be involved.

Our aim is to deliver two exhibitions of museum objects within hospitals to support the health and wellbeing of both staff and patients, supported by a programme of health and wellbeing activities linked to the objects on display. To make sure we’re meeting the needs of both the staff and patients, the exhibitions will be co-produced alongside them.

We are currently in the early planning stages and the project is subject to securing external funding, but we want to hear from you if you’re interested in participating in this project.

If you would like more information or to register your interest, please contact Alex Bird by Friday 1st February 2019 – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Supporting Young People: Workplace Health and Wellbeing Workshop

12th February 2019, 10am- 4.15pm
HOME, Manchester

Artswork is delighted to have the new ‘Supporting Young People: Workplace Health and Wellbeing’ course taking place at HOME in Manchester on the 12th February 2019.

 The Course:
Equip yourself with the tools and understanding required to promote good mental health in the workplace. Designed to help you negotiate legal frameworks and highlight best practice, this new course places a specific focus on the needs of young people in your workforce.

Through resources, information and practical activities, you will learn how to risk-assess your work in line with the Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999, and create environments that promote inclusion, build self-esteem, and allow for positive, professional relationships with young people.

You will pick up approaches for addressing concerns surrounding your younger team members, whilst creating an action plan for managing your own workplace health and wellbeing too.

Ideal for:

  • Employers working with, or looking to recruit, young people
  • Line managers of young people, including apprentices and interns

You will gain:

  • An understanding of legal frameworks, and how they may affect your work with young people
  • Knowledge of inclusive environments that value the difference in people, and promote respect
  • How to risk assess work with young people
  • Tools to develop an action plan for your workplace
  • Recognised methods of managing and supporting young people’s health and wellbeing.
  • Demonstrating commitment to accessibility, equality and diversity in the workplace
  • Those wanting to comply with the Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999

Further information and bookings:
The fee for this course is £150, this includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance. Book before the 31stDecember 2018 and receive 10% discount using the code following code: Earlybird Discount

Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supporting-young-people-workplace-health-and-wellbeing-tickets-53094299479, or contact a member of the Professional Development Team, via: 02380 332491 / training@artswork.org.uk

New Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing Free Online Course by the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing have launched a free online course: Museums as spaces for wellbeing. Available from 29 June 2018. Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome.

This course is aimed at providing advice, tools and guidance on the steps to take in order to develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, heritage or cultural organisation.

It is aimed at sector professionals and anyone interested in health and wellbeing work in museum, heritage, or cultural organisations. It will be useful for those who have yet to undertake work in this area or are already doing so but would like support in certain aspects of their provision.

The course has six modules:

  1. An introduction to health and wellbeing
  2. Partnership and co-creation
  3. Types of audiences and activities
  4. Measuring impact
  5. Organisational change
  6. Next steps

Each module takes 1-1.5 hours to complete and contains case study films, useful resources and recommended further reading as well as exercises so you can reflect on your own learning and apply it to your own practice.

You can enrol at any time by visiting here.

 

Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing Report

The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing’s second report Museums as Spaces for Wellbeing has now been launched and is available to download from our website here. 

It explores in greater depth the development of museums, health and wellbeing work and is based on findings from a second sector-wide survey and other consultation including our 2017 regional training events.

With a foreword by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive from Public Health England who says: ‘This excellent report provides the basis for the health sector to strategically embed the role of the museums and heritage sector at a national and local level to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.’ 

Part 1 illustrates a wide range of creative and innovative provision through case studies. It is organised in six sections to show how the heritage sector is responding creatively to a cultural and policy-making landscape undergoing rapid transformation consequent upon: demographic changes, the cumulative effects of entrenched health inequalities, the growing importance of ‘green wellbeing’ and other key areas.

Part 2 reports in more general terms on how the sector is meeting organisational opportunities and challenges in five areas: new audiences, partnership, evaluation, organisational change and funding.