Raise awareness and understanding of boredom – the problem and how to overcome
Spark collaborative research into boredom in hospitals. What difference could opportunities make? Could counteracting boredom affect: pain, distress, mood, depression, fatigue, recovery, interactions with staff, understanding and being able to care for yourself better in hospital?
Create novel, inspiring and beautiful resources and ideas for adults
Change a culture…
Not just things to do – but things to inspire
Turn waiting into an opportunity…
Combat loneliness – overcoming boredom and discovering creativity can bring people together, and change alone time into an opportunity to express your own thoughts and discover what you can do…
We don’t always know what will help us when we’re bored… we can all need a helping hand sometimes with some inspiration to pull us out of a pit of boredom…
We all have different things that interest us.. What would be your ‘Anti-boredom’?
More will appear with funding…
At present we are working on a project using images of viruses as a talking point in hospital to reveal ‘surprising beauty in nature’. Images are being used to spark conversation and creativity in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford in Trauma and Dialysis Units, as well as in the Children’s Hospital School. ‘Viral Footprints‘ is a collaboration between Dr Lizzie Burns with Dr Philippa Matthews as part of a Wellcome Trust funded project in the University of Oxford, supported by Ruth Charity, artlink.
“interesting conversation” “a sense of achievement”
“interesting conversation” “a sense of achievement”, “was feeling bored – mind wandering”, “felt a lot more happy putting my mind to something”, “something else to talk about”
Boredom lacks challenge and focus. We will seek funding to create good quality resources that are inspiring which can be downloaded, printed and used. We believe in creating challenging and novel material to spark the imagination of adults to bring dignity, respect and care during difficult times.
Encourage research and understanding, and help find ways to bring improvements to hospitals and homes.
Access for adults in hospital to some basic materials, and ideally a position job-shared by creative people to make a real difference to those in homes and hospitals.