About us

What is H2h?

Heritage2Health is a collaborative initiative. Students and staff from the healthcare sector work with artists to jointly plan and host team challenge events at heritage sites.

Participants from the community are invited to take part in these events, often through a trusted source such as a local charity or voluntary organisation.

These events provide benefits for all involved:

  • therapeutic and motivational experiences – building resilience through facing a challenge
  • an opportunity for shared learning between generations and cultures
  • support for new community networks and projects

Following events participants are linked to further community, educational or volunteering opportunities, if they wish.

Challenge


  • therapeutic and motivational experiences – building resilience through facing a challenge

Shared Learning


  • an opportunity for shared learning between generations and cultures

Community Networks


  • support for new community networks and projects

Our Vision

Heritage2Health’s vision is to work with people who consider themselves to be excluded or socially isolated. This could be due to age, disability or the demands of caring.

H2h engages people of all ages. Participants may be living with long term health conditions, be disabled due to brain or physical injury, experience mental health conditions, or have learning disabilities. Carers and those who are isolated due to social status, including asylum seekers, lone parents or refugees, are also very welcome at our events.

H2h events are different as we don’t work with just one particular group. We have learned that working with people of all ages and with diverse needs can create unique therapeutic and shared learning experiences. Everyone involved can benefit, from community participants to current and future health and social care professionals.

Our aims

Our event days are aimed at empowering student nurses to develop the relational and reflective skills required for the clinical environment, but also to develop team facilitation,leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Most importantly outside of the clinical setting students have an opportunity to 'be' with people, of all ages with diverse needs and stories.

Our volunteer programme is offered to young people with learning disabilities who gain the same H2h Blue Butterfly Award as our nursing students.

Our system is a vehicle for enabling connections between potential partners for new community, research, education and innovation projects.

Partnerships

H2h thrives on partnerships. Most recently we have supported a Heritage Lottery Fund project led by Kingston Centre for Independent Living called 'Fighting for our Rights'. The project collected stories of disabled activists in Kingston, and H2h student nurses conducted some of the oral history interviews.

For more information please see www.kingstonfightingforourrights.co.uk.