RESTORATION TRUST INDEPENDENCE FUND
Why we need your help
We all know someone with mental health problems. Would they benefit from 'heritage therapy'?
The Restoration Trust is a small charity pioneering new ways to involve people who have mental health problems with history and creativity - we call it heritage therapy. We are eager for more people to benefit from our work so we are asking you to support us by giving to our Independence Fund.
What makes us special?
We are the only charity dedicated to connecting heritage, mental health organisations and people who have mental health problems. Our exceptional projbects in historic landscapes, museums and archives offer priveleged access to real heritage and real expertise. When they are over we support people to move on to volunteering, learning and employment.
Human Henge, one of our therapeutic projects, immerses people in the ancient landscapes at Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site during 10 weekly walks alongside archaeologicasts, environmentalists and musicians.
One Human Henge member said:
"I like the walking and talking and learning all at the same time, and being a human being rather than an illness or a condition, or a client or an end user...I've actually been a human being for three months."
University research shows that participants find our projects deeply beneficial and most experience a positive improvement in their health attributable to our programmes, including over hte longer term. Our vision is that 'heritage therapy' will be a normal part of heritage and mental health good practice by 2027.
Our Independence Fund will enable us to continue to pioneer imaginative ways for the most vulnerable people in society to enjoy our heritage. We have won grants to run on a project-by-project basis. Now we need to raise £50,000 to put The Restoration Trust on a firm financial footing.