Arts & Ages - Aims

Our key aims for the project

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Magic Me brings older and younger generations together through creative projects.

Our key aims for Arts & Ages are:

  • To support younger & older people to become active in their community, building skills and confidence.
  • To reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness among older people, increasing wellbeing.
  • To build long lasting relationships between schools and older people’s venues.

For the school children and schools involved, Arts & Ages will:

  • Help schools to connect with their local communities, particularly older people who may have no reason to be involved with the life of the school.
  • Support the young people to build positive relationships with older people within their community
  • Build young people’s communication skills and challenge age-related stereotypes or misconceptions, through creative activities.
  • Give young people opportunities to perform or present their creative work and ideas to their local community, building their confidence and self esteem.
  • Connect young people to professional artists and develop a better understanding of arts projects and careers.
  • Connect the school and its staff to artists and help develop teaching aspirations in the school.
  • Where schools have arts co-ordinators, enhance their professional development with increased knowledge of creative facilitation.

Pupil’s asked to sum up in one word how they felt about a Magic Me project in care home:
“Amazing – I got to see how the old people act”
“New – I don’t do stuff with older people and I’ve never done it before”

For the care homes, community centres, sheltered housing schemes, and the older people Arts & Ages will:

  • Provide an opportunity to make stronger links with the local community, particularly the specific school involved in the project.
  • Give older people an opportunity to talk with a younger generation and help to challenge ageist attitudes and other misconceptions, through creative activities
  • Help combat loneliness, and give an increased sense of purpose and self-worth, generally enhancing wellbeing, through being an active participant in their community.
  • Give the older people a chance to perform or present their creative work to their local community, sharing their talents and ideas.
  • Inspiring staff and activities co-ordinators to extend their own activities and be more ambitious in the type of work they do with older people and intergenerational groups.
  • Bringing new people into community centres and sheltered housing schemes provides an insight into their activities reaching a wider range of people in the community.
I’ve seen the difference in them. In the beginning hey were worried about joining in. I have seen a difference. They (the residents) are joining in.

Activities Co-Ordinator, Care Home

Are you a primary school or are you working with a group of older people in Tower Hamlets who wants to find deeper connections with your local community through the arts? Contact Catherine Connell (email to or call 020 3222 6064) to find out more about Arts & Ages.

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