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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3222 6064) to find out more about Arts & Ages.