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Communities: Promoting lifelong learning and wellbeing

Our community outreach programme takes inspiration from our world-class architectural collections and the buildings and places around us.

Using architectural themes and our collections as starting points, we work with a range of audiences including older learners (those aged 50 and over), people living with dementia, and those who are blind or partially sighted. Our headquarters at 66 Portland Place has now reopened and we have restarted our in-person programme, but we are aware of the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and will continue to reach out through digital events and via phone groups.

Explore and Make - our free art programme for older people

Get creative with us, at home or at our headquarters, by booking a free place on our monthly art workshop where you will use buildings and architecture to inspire your artwork. No experience is required, suitable for all abilities. Explore and Make takes place through online and in-person events, book here for the event that you are most comfortable with.

Take to the Streets - local walking tours

Our free walks programme is designed to bring people together and improve wellbeing through walking and exploring. Each month we have a short architectural walk starting from the RIBA's headquarters, each inspired by our architectural collections and taking a different route. Booking is essential.

Supporting community groups

We work with community groups to facilitate visits to the RIBA, lead phone group sessions, organise online art workshops or architectural walks. If you are a community group, please contact us to see how we can support your group whether in-person or virtually. Events can take place anytime between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday. We can also visit community groups at their local centre. Please email Wilson at wilson.yau@riba.org for more information or with preferred times and dates.

Art Box Project - Using creativity to reduce social isolations

We're inviting community groups to partner with us and take part in a free scheme to reach groups of isolated individuals using creativity. Launching in September 2021, we'll provide boxes of materials and activities to groups of individuals identified by our partners as being in danger of being socially isolated. The contents of the boxes will be created in collaboration with the participants. Please email Wilson at wilson.yau@riba.org for more information.

National events

We regularly take part in large-scale events that celebrate the contribution of older people to our society, such as Silver Sunday and the UN's International Day of Older Persons.

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