Residents of Angel Court, a sheltered scheme run by The Gateshead Housing Company, are partnering up with charity Equal Arts and Harlow Green Community Primary School.
The ‘Budding Friendships’ project aims to connect people of all ages through creative activities and is part of Harlow Green Community Primary School’s year-long series of creative intergenerational activities with residents living independently and in care.
Together residents and pupils will be joined by Equal Arts’ artists for horticultural sessions, hatching chickens and weekly creative activities while capturing their progress on film to form a documentary.
Kate Rowe, Forest School Leader at the school in Harlow Green Lane, said: “This project is about connecting people of all ages, from our youngest pupils aged three and four up to residents in their 80s and 90s.
“There can be a very real risk of older people finding themselves isolated, on the outside looking in, and we’d like to encourage them to be a part of and enjoy our lively, vibrant school life with us becoming a truly dementia-friendly school.”
The project has been made possible by £10,000 funding from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All following a successful pilot with Equal Arts which saw pupils and older people renovating gardens together and documenting their work on film.
Dani Giddins, an Equal Arts artist who is supporting the project, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the school to develop its creative work helping people living with dementia become active members of their community.”
To find out more about the housing company’s services for older people, email the Sheltered Housing Team or call 0191 433 5356.
Visit the Equal Arts website for more information.
Photo above: Residents at Angel Court enjoying a horticulture session