The Change Minds initiative can be conceptualised in terms of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation in 2008 and accepted as a useful codification of evidence-based actions that improve wellbeing.
- People connect with individuals in the past and present. They make friends, reducing life-threatening isolation and strengthening resilience.
- Change Minds includes very excluded people in the country’s heritage and creative community.
- People acquire transferable skills and a certificate and references for employers. They contribute to the historic record, affirming personal worth and overcoming negative attitudes to education.
- Whilst not hiding the truth, vulnerable participants research cases of people who show evidence of recovery and are suitable for tracing subsequent life stories.
- People regularly attend workshops at a designated archive service, as well as going on a visit to a heritage site.
- Visits, exhibitions and public events are daunting prospects. Properly supported, people can achieve things they never thought possible.
- Research and creativity unlock curiosity, concentration and imagination in a demanding but safe way.
- Change Minds’ attentive intellectual, social, wellbeing and environmental experience, its reliable routine and time keeping gives people the security to risk trying new things.
- Change Minds is explicitly person-centred, so participants are on the Project Board, lead public events and engage in most aspects of the project.
- Celebrations, exhibitions, digital outputs, oral histories and our book are gifts to families, friends, the community – and the future.