The aim of the Sharing Together project is to help address feelings of isolation and some of the misconceptions that older and younger people can have about one another.
A group of primary school children and local elderly residents are brought together in a shared project held within a sheltered housing scheme. The two generations work and learn together in a creative way, gaining insight into each other’s lives. The sessions run one morning per week over three consecutive weeks.
A facilitator and creative practitioner at each of the sessions help develop conversations between the young and old through ‘creative play’. Together the children and their partners produce memory books about the participants’ lives. Participants consider how we view the world differently and learn more about local jobs and history.
At the close of the project, participants discuss the next steps to develop sustainable relationships between the schools and the sheltered housing scheme. The intention is to provide future opportunities for them to share resources and develop joint events.