Boredom Buster Summer Annual


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston

Year of Publication:
2020

Publisher(s):
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston

Publication Type:
Other Paper

Abstract:

At a time when hospital visiting is restricted due to Lockdown, patients are in even greater need of an individual resource that can provide engaging things to do and think about. This first edition of Boredom Buster is a mix of articles, activities and images designed to boost mood and alleviate anxiety.

Boredom Buster was created as a tabloid sized 48 page newspaper print creative activity resource, based on a “Summer Annual” formula, and has been produced for the NHS National Performance Advisory group for Arts, Design and Heritage in Hospitals, by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) in partnership with Culture Weston.

This first edition is a mix of articles, activities and images designed to boost mood and alleviate anxiety and provides an individual, interactive kit of creative items. As well as reading, patients are encouraged to immerse themselves in drawing, writing, tearing and folding to make each copy their own. At a time when hospital visiting is restricted due to Lockdown, patients are in even greater need of an individual resource that can provide engaging things to do and think about. Boredom Buster has been designed to be dipped in and out of and contains a variety of themed pages to creatively engage a broad demographic of adult patients, with spreads on history, art, science, poetry, writing, photography, fashion, music, dance, travel, food, outdoors and well-being.

The specially-created newspaper includes a wide range of contributions including those from famous artists, arts therapists and professional creative health specialists. Contributors include Antony Gormley, Martin Parr, Sarah Hickson, David Dimbleby, Jeremy Deller, Mark Ravenhill, Patrick Gale, Kalpna Woolf, Luke Jerram, Wayne McGregor, Manoj Malde, Dr Phil Hammond and Dr Lizzie Burns, founder of the ‘Anti-boredom Campaign’.

Boredom Buster newspaper is being distributed to NHS Foundation Trusts and Hospital Charities throughout the country, and is also being delivered to care homes in Weston, as part of Culture Weston and UHBW’s on-going Arts + Health programme in the town. A second edition was released in Spring 2021. The PDF here is a sample only and not for further distribution.



Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Hospital

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

APA Citation:

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)/ Culture Weston (2020). Boredom Buster Summer Annual. Bristol: University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)/ Culture Weston.