China Plate and Coventry University present
Run time: Approx 8 mins
Content warnings: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.
"Moving, Cathartic, A special workshop to be part of"
Healthcare Worker Participants 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Humans Not Heroes has seen five cohorts of healthcare workers each co-create an audio artwork based on their experiences of working throughout the ongoing pandemic. Participants have come from a variety of roles and experiences, from up and down the country. The full series of artworks will be available in 2022.
Launching In December 2021, the Humans Not Heroes team are premiering the latest audio artwork ‘Thresholds’ by Rochi Rampal as part of Coventry Creates. This artwork will be the first of four, born out of a series of co-creation workshops that took place in 2021 with writers Caroline Horton and Rochi Rampal.
The team will also be speaking at The People Place Power 2021 conference on Wednesday 8th December as part of the ‘Stories and Learning’ day. The team will lead a creative/practical session, discussing exploring concepts of power and co-creation in relation to healthcare workers experiences of Covid-19.
Earlier this year, Humans Not Heroes was shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021 in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category.
The Humans Not Heroes project follows-on from a successful pilot project, Boats on an Ocean, run in 2020 as part of Coventry Creates.
As the project continues to develop since 2020, we are asking those interested in supporting the project further to contact Susan Wareham on firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded by The Rayne Foundation and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Ethical approval granted by Coventry University.
Want to learn more? If you or your team would like to get involved, or if you’d like to find out more about the art works, please contact Susan Wareham on email@example.com
Thresholds by Rochi Rampal, is available to listen to, as part of the Coventry Creates exhibition.
Content Warning: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on real life testimonies from front line NHS workers during the Covid 19 pandemic.
There is a transcription of the audio available in our Downloads section.
The piece is emotive, it is designed to be an intimate listening experience, so we suggest you listen to it somewhere quiet, ideally with headphones. Dr Liz Sparkes (Mindfulness & Compassion at Coventry University) recommends these three steps to release tension and engage with feelings of wellbeing and compassion, before/during or after your listening experience:
If, after listening to this audio recording, you need to talk to someone about your experiences or someone you care about, there is advice and emotional support available from The Samaritans www.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free advice.
If you are a healthcare leader or manager, and want more advice on how to support your team, go to: www.supporttheworkers.org or contact us if you would like to use this resource with your healthcare team.