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moments of joy report

An arts and housing programme led by SYHA, Yorkshire Artspace & darts

Moments of Joy is an initiative led by South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) and aims to inject ‘joy’ into the day to day organisational offer of a large and successful Housing Association. Following some initial pilot projects, SYHA was successful in securing funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for a larger project across South Yorkshire with partners Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield and darts in Doncaster.

A range of creative programmes was delivered with SYHA residents in different locations in 2016 and 2017.

The initial aims of the Moments of Joy programme were to:

  • increase access to art forms in deprived communities
  • increase participants’ wellbeing
  • train artists in co-production
  • overcome access and participation barriers
  • support innovation and shared learning between arts and housing
  • increase employability skills via volunteering

This final report written by Dr Paula McCloskey gives detailed insight into the project as a whole and the difference made to the lives of those involved.

Download the Moments of Joy report here.


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