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Yorkshire Coast Homes Residents Think ‘Outside The Box’ With SMT

Yorkshire Coast Homes Community Involvement Officer Stephanie Lake (left) and Scarborough Museums Trust Community Curator Rachel Drew prepare a box of artefacts for the Outside the Box sessions (photos by Kevin Allen, YCH)

Residents of Yorkshire Coast Homes sheltered housing facilities will be thinking ‘outside the box’ over the next few months thanks to a scheme which will enable them to handle heritage objects in their own homes.

Scarborough Museums Trust has received funding of £1,500 from Museums Development Yorkshire’s Health and Wellbeing Fund and £500 from YCH to run a series of pilot workshops in four of YCH’s sheltered housing facilities, at Hungate Court, Hunmanby, Bell Close, Seamer, Kirkham Close, Whitby and Gatesgarth Close, Scarborough.

The sessions, under the title Outside the Box, will give residents the opportunity to handle heritage objects and meet new people, allowing time to chat, reminisce and share stories.

SMT is working with freelance practitioner Frances Kelly to create a series of four two-hour sessions for each group. Each session will be filmed by YCH for evaluation with the participants and to create a short movie for social media, websites and to play in venues.

SMT’s community curator Rachael Drew said:
“We have run handling sessions for older members of the community before, and it’s amazing how valuable they are – physical contact with an item from someone’s younger days can stimulate all kinds of memories and conversations.”

Sarah Bird, Yorkshire Coast Homes Assistant Director of Communities said:
“YCH is delighted to be part of this exciting new project in partnership with Scarborough Museums Trust. Reducing isolation amongst our residents is one of our priorities and this programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for some of our customers to reminisce, share stories and develop new friendships.”

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