Volunteering on Heritage at Risk sites and wellbeing: a qualitative interview study

Pattinson, Julie, Laparidou, Despina, Akanuwe, Joseph , Lewis, Carenza, Siriwardena, Niro, Sima, Claudia and Scott, Anna (2023) Volunteering on Heritage at Risk sites and wellbeing: a qualitative interview study. Health Expectations . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1369-6513

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13852

Volunteering on Heritage at Risk sites and wellbeing: a qualitative interview study
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Introduction: We explored experiences of volunteering in Heritage at Risk (HAR) projects, intended to mitigate deterioration to historic assets, and the relationship with wellbeing. We aimed to understand the value of HAR to volunteers’ wellbeing and relationships between HAR programme characteristics such as location, asset type and type of activity.

Methods: We used a qualitative design with semi structured interviews of a purposive sample of volunteers recruited via Historic England (HE), employing Systematic Grounded Theory involving open, axial and selective coding.

Findings: We interviewed 35 volunteers (18 male; 17 female) participating in 10 HAR projects. We identified six themes from the data analysis. 1 Purpose - was associated with volunteering motivations; there were some barriers to volunteering and many types of facilitators, including accessibility to local heritage sites. 2 Being - volunteers showed an appreciation and attachment to their place of residence. 3 Capacity - to learn heritage specific skills and diversify experiences in learning new skills (life, technical and personal). 4: Sharing - community engagement, connectedness, and inclusivity captured diversity and inclusion within volunteers across age, ethnicity, ability, and gender. 5 Self-nurture - HAR volunteering created physical, psychological, and social benefits with limited risks and adverse outcomes. 6 Self-actualisation - described volunteers reflecting on their experiences.

Conclusion: HAR volunteering was associated with positive physical, social and psychological wellbeing outcomes. The study provides an evidence base for specific wellbeing benefits of voluntary at Heritage at Risk sites, although we could not conclude that HAR project activity was the cause of increased wellbeing.

Keywords:Heritage, Wellbeing, Risk, Volunteering, Motivations, Psychological, Physical
Subjects:X Education > X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions:COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND SCIENCE > Lincoln Medical School - Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln
ID Code:55878
Deposited On:15 Sep 2023 15:16

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