We have a very forward thinking and open minded group of makers who have generously offered to take part in some research with The University of Newcastle by taking part in three Connecting Classes workshops. Our second #CClasses workshop will take place on Monday. The idea is simple, as part of our making workshops we schedule in 20minutes to watch some short film footage about community projects on our own or in pairs, (other groups are looking at different topic of interest), and we tweet our responses and thoughts about what we have seen / listened to. Responses can be in the form of audio recordings, scribed responses by a peer or volunteer or tweeting directly. For all of our elderly makers sending tweets is a new experience and iPads unfamiliar tools of communication.
By asking our makers to take part in this research we hope to be able to open up the conversation of how arts and wellbeing community projects can interact and share and include feedback from the people who matter the most – the makers themselves. Feedback from the makers, the staff and volunteers on the project, other facilitators of learning and participants form other art and wellbeing projects around the world, feed into and inform our future projects. For many, old age can be an isolating experience, especially when faced with the challenges of sensory impairment coupled with issues of mobility in later life. We hope that by including their experiences we can, ideally, glean information which, will allow for more inclusive practice pathways whilst empowering our makers by teaching them new methods of communication within a positive, intergenerational group.
This week we will be watching a short 6minute film entitled “Meet Me At The Albany”, in which, two elderly people give their first hand experiences of the impact creative activities in a supportive community have had on their wellbeing. We will be tweeting form 13:15 on Monday 23rd May. We would love to hear your thoughts please join in. Here’s the link…
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