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Arts & Ages - Why take part

Intergenerational arts improve wellbeing, social interactions, communication and collaboration skills and creative thinking. Through benefitting children and older people, Arts & Ages contributes to wider agendas, complementing and enriching curriculums and activity programmes.

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Intergenerational arts improve wellbeing, social interactions, communication and collaboration skills and creative thinking. Through benefitting children and older people, Arts & Ages contributes to wider agendas, complementing and enriching curriculums and activity programmes.

Schools

  • Children have increased wellbeing and develop social and communication skills
  • Children meet groups of older people they wouldn’t usually encounter
  • Children present creative work and ideas, sharing their talents and building confidence and self-esteem
  • Children work with professional artists, developing creative skills and an understanding of creative careers
  • Staff gain understanding and confidence in intergenerational work, and the skills and knowledge needed to welcome groups of older people into the school
  • Staff access professional development opportunities through working with Magic Me staff and artists

Older people

  • Older people have increased wellbeing and feel engaged with the local community, combatting loneliness and social isolation
  • Older people connect with other adults in their accommodation or venue
  • Older people present creative work and ideas, sharing their talents and building confidence and self-esteem
  • Managers and Activities Coordinators gain an understanding of intergenerational work, the skills needed to welcome groups of children into their venue and confidence to build intergenerational activities into their programmes
  • New people are invited into care homes, extra care schemes and sheltered housing, “bringing motivation, energy and life” (Extra Care Scheme Manager)

Everyone

  • Talking and creating with a different generation challenges ageist attitudes and misconceptions
  • Anyone, from 8 to 88+, can learn skills and experience something new
  • People have fun!

WHO’S INVOLVED?

Magic Me
Artists, Project Team, Volunteers

Primary Schools
Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Headteachers

Older People’s Partners
• Care Homes & Extra Care Schemes (Managers, Activities Coordinators)
• Housing Associations (Head Office and local scheme managers)
• Community Centres

 

Images used for featured images by photographer Samia Meah

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