History, Health and Happiness: Impact Report 2020/21
In April 2018 Heritage Doncaster became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). The NPO funding enables Heritage Doncaster to deliver a strategic programme of outreach work called History, Health and Happiness.
Our History, Health and Happiness programme aims to tackle isolation and improve wellbeing across Doncaster. Simply put- it uses history and storytelling to empower people to feel good about themselves and their communities. We strive to help participants make new connections, and meet new people.
In 2020/21 we had to do things a bit differently in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report outlines the impact that our work has had over the past year- including some case studies from those involved in our activities.
Evaluation highlights include:
- Digital social club attendees have a 20% increase in interest in new things.*
- 215 interactions in digital social clubs
- +6500 activity packs sent to isolated adults and families across Doncaster 100% of participants met someone new*
- 100% of participants talked to people outside of their age group*
- 82% of participants made someone else feel welcome*
- 50 activity bundles sent to Doncaster’s young carers
- Sense of place
- 72% of participants found out about places near to them
- 91% of participants learned something new*
- 65 museum objects used as inspiration in digital social clubs
- 53.5 hours of online social sessions- that’s as long as 92 of Boris Johnson’s covid briefings!
- 450 cups of tea sent by mail
- 2 online exhibitions
- 650+ stamps used to mail out activity bundles across Doncaster- that’s just about the length of the Mallard!