The first thing to say about this toolkit is that it is... well, a toolkit. It is not intended as an evaluation or as a simple exercise in sharing best practice. This toolkit has been written to help small museums design their own wellbeing programmes, and is based on a project undertaken with that same thought in mind.
It is hoped that by reading and digesting the information contained here you will gain a better understanding not only of how to undertake initiatives like this yourself, but of the important role museums play in the mental health and wellbeing of their communities. In recent times, this much discussed role has frequently been explored, with very well funded projects around the UK. These have been encouraged by the Prime Minister's 2014 Challenge on Dementia, and the startling revelation that dementia costs the UK £23.6 billion every year, and about 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. This figure is set to rise to well over 1 million by the year 2025.