Working with war veterans
Through workshops with war veterans we explored how creativity can provide solace and a form of reflection and rehabilitation, as it did for Thomas.
The project was shared with an exhibition of the veterans' work, shown alongside items from Thomas’s archive and our film.
Sculpture across the generations
Using art and the creative process, this project connected elderly people from Ellesemere House Care Home, including those with dementia, with pupils of Servite RC Primary School.
Together the groups took part in a stimulating and meaningful art activity. Inspired by Channel 4’s 'Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, the aim was to create an inclusive platform for experiential, enthusiastic learning to enable positive connections to be forged between old and young, whilst enhancing health, happiness and personal development.
The arts have been recognised by Public Health England as beneficial to health and wellbeing, whilst social interaction is essential to limit the loneliness and isolation increasingly faced by older people.
Extraordinary friendships were formed and the project brought joy and laughter to everyone involved. The elderly participants looked forward to seeing their 'little friends' and their levels of concentration increased. Overall, the project created a stronger sense of community. The film below is a beautiful insight into the artistic activities and the friendships created. We're looking forward to continuing the connection between school and care home to enable the new friendships to flourish.
With warm thanks to the Postcode Community Lottery for their support.
Film credit: Felix von Stumm for Orpheus Films