The team at Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) recognised that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, difficulties for those members of the elderly community who were already experiencing social isolation have been exacerbated.
To promote and support the health and wellbeing of this sector of our community, since 2020, COAM has been inviting individuals, couples and small groups to the museum for an Accompanied Walk with a friendly and knowledgeable COAM volunteer. Walkers were encouraged to invite along a carer or friend for both support and to increase access to the programme. This project, funded by the Sherling Trust, gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a walk around our Chalfont St Giles-based museum and learn about our 37 heritage buildings which are set in 45 beautiful acres of gardens, park and woodland.
“Really enjoyed the time there. Everyone was so friendly. Really nice atmosphere and so interesting. Will definitely be back.” Accompanied Walker
In recognition of the positive impact our project is having on our Community, COAM’s Accompanied Walks programme was awarded ‘Best Local Social Prescribing Project’ by the National Social Prescribing Network.
Our work in Social Prescription (a non-clinical intervention to support health and wellbeing) is inspired by the success of social prescribing initiatives in the heritage sector such as ‘Museums on Prescription’ and by our collaboration in a cultural partnership with other leading organisations for culture in Buckinghamshire, set up by Bucks County Council, to ensure the county champions culture as a key way to improve quality of life, enhance well-being and deliver sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
As a registered charity we always seek new ways of fulfilling our charitable objective of operating for public benefit.
The project has been given additional funding to continue throughout 2023. Find out how to take part here
For further details contact Jacqui Gellman on firstname.lastname@example.org