Accompanied Walks Project

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, COAM invited individuals and some couples 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. Government guidelines on social distancing were followed.

This project, funded by the Sherling Trust, gave visitors the opportunity to enjoy a walk around the
Chalfont St Giles-based museum and learn about its 37 heritage buildings which are set in 45beautiful acres of gardens, park and woodland.

Our work in Social Prescription 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 2021.

For further details contact Jacqui Gellman on outreach@coam.org.uk

Further Information

Accompanied Walks 2020 Project Report


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