The successful bid saw Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival partner with The Sussex Archaeological Society and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's charity, Heads On, in an ambitious new project called Culture in Mind.
The scheme will provide a wealth of volunteering opportunities to support individuals and organisations across the region, while promoting the wider wellbeing benefits of volunteering in the community. Culture In Mind will actively target individuals who have traditionally experienced barriers to volunteering and to engagement with arts activity. The positive impact of volunteering, including its ability to combat loneliness, low self-esteem and provide essential skills is also a principal focus.
The funding has been awarded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and is delivered by Arts Council England.
Rachael Duke, Head of Charity, Heads On, said:
“We are absolutely delighted at Heads On to be working in partnership with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and The Sussex Archaeological Society, bridging the gap between the arts, heritage and health worlds and breaking down the barriers and stigma that still persist for people with mental health problems. By providing such unique and high-quality volunteering opportunities we can start to repair some of the damage that the social isolation of the pandemic has brought, whilst testing new and non-clinical routes to recovery. We can't wait to get started!”