Herefordshire's a Great Place is a project being run under the auspices of Herefordshire's Cultural Partnership to demonstrate how culture contributes to health and well-being.
The three-year project, which starts in January 2018, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with Rural Media acting as the Accountable Body. The project is being managed under the auspices of Herefordshire's Cultural Partnership, which represents the major heritage, arts and cultural groups in the county.
The project brief is to ascertain how culture contributes to health and well-being against a background of a changing demography and increasing level of cultural activities. Whilst pride of place is referenced within the county's health and well-being strategy there is a need to develop an evidence base to show how place and culture actively contributes to personal, and community, well-being.
Culture is a significant contributor to the local economy and its importance is referenced within the recently published Cultural Strategy and the Tourism Destination Plan. It is also important for attracting people to the area, whether to live, work or study. Discussions about the proposed New University have included the importance of culture in helping to attract students.
- Gather data concerning the cultural activities within the county
- Design and monitor indicators that show how culture is contributing to community and personal health and well-being
It is proposed to engage in detailed case studies with ten communities.
Brightspace is represented on the Project Steering Group and the Project Delivery Group.