To achieve our aim of helping vulnerable people to flourish, we find out how we can ensure best practice within heritage projects where well-being is a targeted objective and create best practices.  It is this underpinning ethos that has helped make our work unique and ground-breaking.

With this in mind, we are soon to be hosting a conference entitled, ‘Fieldwork and well-being’. The idea is to create a climate to allow discussion on how we can ensure best practice within heritage projects where ‘well-being’ is a targeted objective.

To enable this to happen we believe you have to have an understanding of two things. Firstly, there are the benefits to one’s mental health, that heritage projects, if run properly, can bring about and secondly, we need to establish agreed terms of reference concerning how we do things safely, putting participants well-being and safety as the main focus. These thoughts we will be discussing with other organisations, like our own, that work with young people, refugees, students, and civilians with illnesses, injuries, victims of trauma, the unemployed and people affected by poverty by running events that try to impact on their lives. However, when working with individuals with complex needs we need to make sure policies and approaches reflect the diversity of the needs of all participants and indeed staff.

We hope the conference will provide a framework and a guide to best practice to support ways of running projects to ensure all participants get the maximum benefit from their time and effort. To support this we will be engaging in academic research in partnership with staff from one of the UK’s leading research universities and other interested bodies to see how heritage projects can impact on well-being in society.

Invitations have been sent out to a small group of experts in their fields and we look forward to updating you on our progress,