This resource has been developed by Breaking Ground Heritage (BGH), in conjunction with Operation Nightingale and draws upon 10 years’ experience of working with vulnerable members of society in heritage-based projects. This resource is not exhaustive and not all areas will be relevant to each project, however, it will give you some key considerations when developing a successful project of your own.
In our experience, the most successful projects have been delivered through a combination of a stimulating and exciting research, coupled alongside the ‘best fitting’ multidisciplinary staff. Staff who are able to bridge the gap between the ‘professional’s and the participants’ effortlessly and the methodology in place to measure success.
At the back of this toolbox are the key forms that we use at BGH, so we can better understand our participants needs prior to the start of the project and make any last minute adjustments should they be required. This is often followed up by a telephone conversation to clarify any points and to ensure that the participant is ready for the project. The forms also help evaluate how the project has gone.
Wellbeing must be built into any projects during the initial planning stages, to ensure an effective project delivery and a realistic management of outcomes.
It is essential to the success of the project and the wellbeing and safety of the staff and participants that the correct staff members (or staff with the right skills) are selected.
These outcomes are what will determine if the project has been a success from a wellbeing perspective. It is important to be as realistic as possible when identifying your projects outcomes and consider carefully what additional assets you may require, for achieving more ambitious outcomes.