Good physical and mental health stimulated
Sense of safety and security supported
Equality of opportunity for all people in the community perceived
Recognition from valued others experienced
Bonding, bridging and linking social capital increased
Sense of positive connection to like and unlike people and resources.
Bonding capital: This outcome is about how engagement in cultural activity can strengthen social cohesion with people like us, people who have a sense of common identity – such as family, close friends and people who share our culture or ethnicity. This might include relationships with immediate family, close friends and neighbours, and potentially including other participants (creative, active and receptive). through helping strengthen mutually satisfying relationships, and sense of a positive connection. An example might be relationship strengthened between a child and a parent through a joint contribution to a school talent quest.
Bridging capital: This outcome is also about how a sense of positive connection can be developed with people who are outside our immediate circle, for example, distant friends, colleagues and associates. This might include more distant people who are like us, such as loose friendships and workmates, to others who we don’t know but share something with us, such as other people attending a cultural activity with us. This might include people who are different from us because they come from a different culture or generation. An example might be membership of a community choir or other local cultural group enabling new friendships to be made with people in one’s neighbourhood.
Linking capital: This outcome also covers the connection that might be generated through cultural activity between unlike people in dissimilar situations, such as those who are entirely outside a individual’s own community, or network of services and resources, and people or groups further up or lower down the social ladder. This type of capital enables people to leverage a far wider range of resources than are available in their existing community. An example might be a young person from a regional community winning a place in a major performing arts school, thereby bringing them new resources for learning and development.