Our first HOP ‘Spotlight On’ is the beautiful Blackburne House, situated on Hope Place in the spectacular Georgian Quarter. Blackburne House has been delivering its services for over thirty years in Liverpool and in 2015, was granted the ‘Freedom of the City’.
As a training-led organisation Blackburne House delivers high quality training, education and consultancy services. They employ 70 staff and offer 50 different courses with some 1000 full and part-time learning opportunities for women. HOP interviewed Conference and Events Manager Bea Freeman about the offer for older people at Blackburne House:
What cultural activities do you provide that are specifically aimed at older people (if any)?
All our courses are aimed at older people including the community learning courses; we provide bespoke courses aimed at particular groups and interests. There are also discounted sessions for older people in the health spa and free Wellbeing courses held in early February and April.
What ways are your other cultural activities made more accessible to older people?
All our activities aimed at older people can be found on our website and via places like Steve Biko Housing, Riverside Housing and Liverpool Mutual Homes.
Is there one thing that you think is really successful for engaging older people in cultural activities? If so, please describe:
The one thing that is really successful in engaging older people in cultural activities is focusing on developing relationships that blossom and working together with groups and individuals.
Blackburne House offers a varied range of courses, from Making a Bird Box and Digital Creative Photography to wellbeing courses such as Meditation for Health. For more details visit the website, follow on Twitter or come along to the HOP Network Meeting to visit this superb space.