The Diss Corn Hall Trust

Heart and Art: Reviving Community Well Being.

In response to the impact of C-19, and especially as a rural venue, we aim, through the arts, to support and improve the well-being of our entire community, with particular emphasis on the hardest hit: vulnerable children; care home residents; the unemployed, isolated, infirm, shielded and bereaved.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1136553)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom

  • "I have very much enjoyed singing with the delightful and multi-talented Kate. Saturday mornings will lose the joy of ‘in with a sigh and out with a song’. I hope a way can be found to enable them to continue.”

    — Member of the Saturday 'Singing for Pleasure' group

  • “Thanks again to Laura and the company for coming in and giving so much to the group; they really did get a lot out of it. The students loved it and had great fun. They taught everyone a warm up game they'd learned and they enthused the rest of the group; they'd be up for more similar events!"

    — Drama teacher from our local High School, following a workshop with Fat Rascal Theatre Company

  • “How lovely everyone is here and particularly how caring you are, from the stewards to the cafe staff and those working at the box office. There are plenty of other places to go but your wonderful attitude will ensure people come again.”

    — Daytime visitor to the Corn Hall

  • "Our residents would just like to say how fabulous the entire exhibition and related activities were. I sincerely hope that all the effort you put in to organising and running this amazing project raises awareness of dementia throughout the wider community and beyond. Thank you!"

    — Activities coordinator from a local care home


-How to immerse those who have become more isolated in the kind of arts activities that provide opportunities for social interaction -How to fill in gaps caused by the pandemic, in terms of lost education in the arts, through a suitable recovery plan -How to return to a 'new norm', offering screened and live entertainment in situations that meet the govt. guidelines for all age groups, when it is safe -How to offer support to self-employed arts practitioners/facilitators/performers


-Targeting activities for isolated people, taking arts into the community and facilitating participation in venue-hosted events -Expanding active collaborations with local groups/schools to ensure equality of access to arts -The extension of arts-related outreach activities will be supported by the safe return of live performances/films/exhibitions, all of which provide funding assistance and dovetailed stimulus material for -outreach enterprises -Employment of local artists/performers