Creative libraries resources
South Gloucestershire Libraries has developed a new resource, An Adventurer’s Companion, which is available through its library network and online at www.creativelibraries.org.uk
The resources mark the culmination of a three-year arts project funded by Arts Council England and delivered by South Gloucestershire Libraries, working closely with mental health and older people’s services within the Council and the wider community. The project worked creatively to improve wellbeing, reduce isolation and investigate how the arts can be used to explore library spaces in new ways. It was open to anyone experiencing mental health difficulties, including people living with dementia and their families and carers.
“I haven’t felt so energised and creative in years.” said one participant
An Adventurer’s Companion is designed to inspire anyone working with a group to help them explore their creativity in new and surprising ways and is particularly aimed at those supporting participants with low mood, depression or dementia, both in libraries and in any other setting.
It is presented as a travelling companion – a bespoke suitcase of exercises, resources, ideas and inspiration drawn from the project developed by artist, Liz Clarke. It is accompanied by a website www.creativelibraries.org.uk where you can recreate the activities yourself and embark on your own journeys and adventures. Resources include The Passport to the Imagination which has already been adopted by school nurses for use with teenagers experiencing low self-esteem.
The Adventurer’s Companion suitcases are available on loan in South Gloucestershire from any library and the website is accessible to anyone anywhere.