The new project will engage older people in reminiscence through a new, multi-platform resource, enabling them to access memories, share experiences and participate in lifelong learning.
The project will develop both digital and practical resources to support participants to develop a sense of community and reduce isolation at this challenging time and will be shaped by feedback gathered from older people, third age services and their users during the period of Covid-19 restrictions and beyond.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage works regularly with older people and is keen to support people aged 65+ to participate in new technological methods of engagement.
The project will encourage older people to find new ways to engage with peers, supporting and enabling them to become part of the online developments taking place as a result of Covid-19 and to explore new ways to connect for company and conversation in the digital sphere.
This project is aimed at people in East Sussex aged 65+ and will include recorded video activity sessions, online reminiscence groups and written downloadable resources which can be used distinctly or in conjunction with the sessions.
Each group will take part for five weeks and during that time have access to free downloadable resources, how to – reminiscence films, and a weekly online activity group.
Activities will be based on a variety of themes, including childhood, working life, courtship, going out and food. Potential project partners could include Southwater Centre in St Leonards, RVS Eastbourne and Bexhill Senior Citizens
They seek other groups to join in so do get in touch if you would like to take part or know of a third age group who might!
Free online reminiscence sessions will be launched in Hastings and St Leonards, Bexhill and Eastbourne from September 2021, with the aim of rolling out sessions to other areas of East Sussex in the future.
Anyone interested in participating should contact: Nicola Benge (Project Manager) – firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form