Recognising the benefits that bringing young and old together can have, two Liverpool Arts companies collaborated last Autumn to launch the Acorns to Oaks project.
Travelled Companions Theatre Company and Teeny Tiny Theatre have been leading intergenerational creative play sessions with nurseries and care homes in South Liverpool.
The Acorns to Oaks pilot, funded by Arts Council England, began in October 2018 with wonderful results for all involved! Pre-schoolers and older people took part in workshops involving music, creative play and movement. The result was lots of fun, laughter and blossoming friendships as the two groups shared memories, sang songs and played together facilitated by the professionals from Acorns to Oaks.
Project participants have said:
“Visiting the older people made the children more sensitive to older people’s needs. The creative conversations that were begun in the sessions were probably the most important part for us'” – Jigsaw Nursery.
“I have worked in care for 3 and a half years and I have never seen such an amazing activity that has had such an impact socially, mentally and emotionally” – James Nugent Court
The project continues in September this year with funding from HOP and the Lottery Community Fund.
The HOP judging panel, made up of HOP members and Young at Art project representatives, loved the intergenerational element of the project and how it gives all ages ‘permission to play’ together. The activities will be accessible people with different sensory and physical abilities and sessions will be led by professional artists with expertise in disciplines such as music, clowning, drama, and visual arts.
We can’t wait to see how the project develops. Look out for project updates from HOP on our website and in the monthly e-newsletter.
For more information about the project please contact Chantal Loiseau by email:email@example.com