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Recruiting two new trustees

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-12-14

We are seeking dynamic, committed people to join our trustee board.  We have up to two positions available.

We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and are keen to receive applications from BAME candidates.

We are seeking applications from people with expertise and experience, of organisational strategy, charity governance, community arts, education and care sectors.

The time commitment is around half a day a month to support Magic Me, its future and well-being. Charity Trustees are, by law, volunteers. Reasonable travel, childcare and other expenses are offered.

Magic Me is the UK’s leading provider of intergenerational arts projects. Our award-winning programme brings together younger and older people for mutual learning, enjoyment and benefit. This is an exciting time to join Magic Me. In 2018 we plan to grow our activities, within our home borough of Tower Hamlets across London, and into the east of England, trialling new approaches to intergenerational community building, and delivering an organisational wide digital strategy. Our Board of Trustees will be a key part of this growth. We are looking for people who can provide excellent governance to support the charity to deliver on its mission and to safeguard its values.

Further information and an application pack can be found here


Join us at the Southbank Centre

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-12-11

If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to go to one of our Cocktails In Care Homes parties – now there is a chance to find out!  On 15th December Cocktails In Care Homes comes to the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre from 1pm-3pm.  Drop in and meet some of our regular care home residents and regular volunteers as we recreate a Cocktails in Care Homes party for the public to enjoy, there will be live music and our own Care Home DJ spinning some suitable tunes for our Mexican themed (yes Mexican themed!) party.  

Make Mine a Double – the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-11-23

Update: 11 December 2017 – Thank you to everyone who gave to the Big Give Christmas Challenge – we raised an amazing £8656!

Tuesday 28th November (midday) to
5th December (midday)









Make mine a double! The Big Give matches your donation so that Magic Me gets twice the money. We already have a fund of £4K standing by to match your donations. If we hit this target the donations over that won’t be automatically doubled but we do get a chance to win one of the Big Give prize funds to add to our total.

Last year 157 generous donors raised over £9,000 enabling us to run 99 parties in 2017. Help us do the same in 2018.

The funds we raise from this year’s Big Give will go to our Cocktails In Care Homes project.

All you need to do is click here and make a donation!


Follow @MagicMeArts and retweet our tweets so they reach more people.

Add your own ‘Make Mine a Double’ pictures and tweet with these messages:

#MakeMineADouble we are supporting @MagicMeArts in the @BigGive #ChristmasChallenge2017 donate here:
#Cheers #MakeMineADouble here’s to @MagicMeArts & @BigGive #ChristmasChallenge2017 donate here:









Share the information below with your network and introduce Cocktails in Care Homes to a whole new audience of potential supporters:

“I’m a supporter of the intergenerational arts charity, Magic Me. They run a project called Cocktails In Care Homes and need your support in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to help keep the project going and run more parties – you can donate here and the money will be doubled (up to a certain amount) find out more here:

Magic Me set up the Cocktails project because residents in care homes had told them that the most boring part of their day was the evening, a time when many people are getting dressed up and going out. They were asked to provide an activity to relieve the boredom between dinner and bedtime, and help residents stay in touch with the wider world outside their homes.

Since 2010 Magic Me  has been running Cocktails in Care Homes, hosted by young adult volunteers, 12 care homes across London now have monthly evening drinks parties from September to July ever year. The Cocktails team continue to work on expanding the network of homes they operate in and to bring on board a range of different partners to ensure that the concept remains fresh and fun for all concerned.  Each month there is a new party theme with decorations provided by partners and volunteers. New elements are added – for example in Autumn 2017 we are working with the Royal Academy of Music to bring in live musicians. You can find out more here:



Magic Me Working with Artists in Essex

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-10-30

Magic Me is working with award-winning animation and installation artist Emma Curtis and film maker, Jane Gull on a project in Rochford, Essex that brings school children from Waterman Primary School together with older people resident in Broomhills Care Home.

The children are visiting the care home each week and together with the residents are sharing stories and thoughts on the theme of ‘party time’. The inter-generational group are also creating an animation about their experiences which will be made into a film to be screened at a sharing event at the school.

Susan Langford, Director of Magic Me is mentoring the artists involved, sharing with them Magic Me’s three decades of experience and practice in the field of intergenerational arts.

The project, run by Essex County Council with Anglia Ruskin University, has been funded through Arts Council England.

Eileen Thorn, Head Teacher at Waterman Primary School said, “Through learning to communicate with older people, our pupils are developing their own self esteem; developing respect across the generations and showing consideration of the needs of the elderly residents.
“This absolutely supports the fundamental values of our school. It has been documented that for elderly residents, working with children, has health benefits, including decrease in symptoms of depression, improved mobility and cognitive skills. We look forward to the end result!”

Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customer said, “Introducing arts and culture in care homes provides a wealth of benefits to residents and carers, I am delighted that we are able to facilitate cultural organisations in Essex through funding from the Arts Council.
“We are proud to work closely with cultural organisations in Essex who deliver valuable work to bring our communities closer together, and I look forward to seeing the film of everyone’s experiences.”

In addition to her mentoring role, Essex County Council also commissioned Susan Langford to run a one day workshop introducing artists from across Essex, to the dynamics and practicalities of intergenerational arts projects. Magic Me has a track record of providing training and consultancy support for clients large and small across the arts, community, care and housing sectors. To find out how we might help you contact

Magic Me Nominated for a Liberty Human Rights Arts Award

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-10-17

Magic Me has been nominated for a prestigious Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.

Civil liberties and human rights charity Liberty, has nominated us for one of their Human Rights Arts Awards – the nomination reads as follows:

“Magic Me uses the arts to bring different generations together to spark ideas and build better, closer communities. Musicians, dancers, artists and drama specialists lead brilliant creative projects that stimulate conversations between older and younger generations.

Through their dedicated volunteer base, their Cocktails in Care homes project combats isolation and loneliness in later life. They also use artists’ residencies, intergenerational theatre performances and filmmaking to explore concepts of gender, identity, age and migration. Their range of inventive work challenges stigma, crosses social and cultural divides and celebrates human connections.”

Susan Langford, our Director, says:

“Magic Me is not known as a Human Rights charity, but the rights of older and younger people are central to what we do. Too often older people are seen as a problem to be solved, and are excluded from mainstream activities. Magic Me believes that everyone, however old or young, has much to contribute to their community. We also believe that we all have a right to the enjoyment and sense of achievement offered by the arts. This includes older people living in care homes, and those living with dementia.

Our work really does address the need for us all to continue to treat older people as humans – with rights.  This is particularly true for those living in care homes.

Magic Me’s work demonstrates that older people are valued, and often lets the care staff see them in a different light as more rounded people.  By not dumbing down what we offer artistically we acknowledge that they are entitled to the same full and active life, the same cultural choice that they enjoyed when they were younger.

The young people who are involved benefit too, growing in confidence and learning new social skills. It would be a mistake to see Magic Me as just young people helping older people – they both get something really valuable out of it.  Many of the young people come from disadvantaged homes and communities and our projects offer them a chance to work in-depth with really top-notch experienced artists.”

Cocktails in Care Homes is just one of many intergenerational projects Magic Me has run in its 3 decade long history. Volunteers, often young professionals living locally, visit a care home to create a great ‘night out’ and bring a little of the outside world into the lives of the residents. Monthly early evening parties offer fresh conversation and socialsing, particularly valuable for those who receive no other visitors. Parties run at 12 homes across London, including 3 in Tower Hamlets.

In 2016 Magic Me was commissioned by Public Health Tower Hamlets to help with their Action on Loneliness Project aimed at tackling isolation and loneliness of older people in the borough. This year they brought pupils from John Scurr Primary School together with residents of Hawthorn Green care home to work on the project Stepney Stories. Last year a programme of Artists’ Residencies in Care Homes brought Upswing circus company to Silk Court in Bethnal Green. Magic Me’s current project ‘Decorum’ brings together girls from Mulberry School with older women from East London to explore what ‘good behaviour’ means for women in the 21st Century.

We will find out at the award ceremony on 24th October whether we have won!

We are recruiting a Project Co-ordinator for Cocktails in Care Homes

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-09-28

We are looking for a Project Co-ordinator for our ground-breaking Cocktails in Care Homes project.

The ideal candidate will have a creative approach to work, enjoy working proactively and be highly organised and a confident communicator able to adapt to many different environments.

Experience of assisting on projects in the community, voluntary sector, arts, education or other relevant field is essential as is experience of working directly with younger and older people in a relevant role. A full Person specification can be found along with the Job Description here.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and/or BAME candidates, who are currently underrepresented in our team.

Cocktails in Care Homes is an ongoing project and each month parties are hosted in care homes across London. The parties are intended to address issues of social isolation and loneliness and provide evening activity for residents in care homes. Volunteers are drawn from the young professional population of London and all are given an induction prior to their first party.

This is a permanent full time role (35 hours per week) and some evening work is an essential part of this role.

The post-holder will work regularly with children and vulnerable adults, therefore appointment to this post is subject to an up-to-date, satisfactory, enhanced DBS check with a check against the barred lists for children and adults.

By law, we are required to check the eligibility of candidates to work in the UK before offering anyone a job. Proof of eligibility to work in the UK will be required before a post is confirmed.

 Salary £20-22k


Please download and complete the application form and cover sheet and then send these two forms as separate attachments to email to:, or by post to: Mark Bixter, General Manager, Magic Me, 18 Victoria Park Square, London E2 9PF

Deadline for applications: 9am on Thursday 19th October 2017. We will not be able to consider applications received after this deadline.

Local firm Curo Construction take on Tough Mudder for Magic Me

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-09-07

Local construction firm Curo Construction are taking on a Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds for Magic Me. On September 24th participants in the challenge will undertake a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test both mental and physical endurance.

You can sponsor them at

Annual Celebration and AGM 10th October

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-09-07

Magic Me’s Annual Celebration and Annual General Meeting will be on the evening of Tuesday 10 October 2017. Join us as we mark another year of intergenerational arts projects and activities. Magic Me participants of all ages will be there to talk about their work and celebrate their achievements.

Sundial Centre, 11 Shipton Street, London E2 7RU
Tuesday 10 October from 6.15 to 8 pm

The evening will begin with our Annual General Meeting at 6.15pm. All are welcome to this brief official meeting.


6.00pm Doors open

6.15pm  Annual General Meeting

6.30pm – 7:15pm Presentations and highlights of the year

7.15pm – 7:45pm Refreshments and time to chat to friends old and new

8:00pm  Close

Please let us know if you can attend this event by registering here or by telephone on 020 3222 6064

NAPA Living Life Magazine article

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-08-24

NAPA – the National Activity Providers Association – have featured our Artists Residencies in Care Homes in the latest issue of their magazine ‘Living Life’. The magazine goes to c. 2,500 individuals providing activities to older people, mainly working in care homes in the UK.

Our project, which involved four partner arts organisations providing residencies in four different homes over a period of 18 months, is featured in one of the main articles. Two of our project partners have also provided ‘Things to Do’ activities – allowing NAPA members to try out some of the project ideas in the care home settings they work in.  Upswing have provided ‘recipes’ for Feather Balancing and Scarf Juggling and Duckie have a number of ideas responding to the magazine’s theme of ‘get outdoors’ including creating a collage or mural as they did at Waterside Care Home in South London

Pile on the Pounds for Magic Me

Posted by Magic Me on 2017-08-14

Pile on the Pounds for Magic Me – not a new controversial diet but an opportunity to put the old ’round pound’ to good use before it goes out of circulation on 15th October.  All you have to do is download our pack of three images here .Each one represents something your pounds might buy for the charity: a taxi ride for an older person to get to an activity, supplies for a cocktail party, art and activity materials for a project. Choose one and cover it in old round pounds – they may well be lurking in the bottom of old handbags or down the back of the sofa! Once you’ve covered the picture tweet us a photo and then either bank and send us the money or come along to our AGM on 10th October and simply hand it over!  Do get in touch with our Fundraising Co-ordinator, Imogen at if you have any questions on this or other ideas for fundraising.