Sanctuary Care residents in Plymstock and Ivybridge have been celebrating their life stories and memories with local schoolchildren, as part of Shine! – a two-year national arts programme.
The intergenerational project run by Phakama – a youth arts organisation, has brought together different generations for a multi-sensory experience, where they learnt about one another through their mutual love of arts.
Artwork and songs
Phakama, a group of artists including visual artists, storytellers, musicians and theatre artists, helped youngsters and residents share their stories in an engaging sharing celebration – where they exchanged artwork depicting fond memories, while the school pupils also performed songs from the residents’ yesteryear.
Interesting stories in Plymstock
Resident Jess Anderson said: “I shared memories of a time when my husband and I lived in Cyprus while he was serving in the Navy and Phakama drew me a lovely picture which I showed to the children – I was over the moon with the drawing.”
Fellow resident Muriel Colmer, who is 101 years old, shared memories of when her husband used to play the trumpet on the Plymouth Hoe pier in the local band. She added: “It was lovely to share my story with the children.”
Meanwhile in Ivybridge
Following their sharing ceremony, Betty Cridland, 92-year-old resident, said: “I absolutely loved seeing the children and hear them sing such wonderful songs.”
Fellow resident, Dot Pope, who is 81 years old, added: “The session with Phakama was so inspiring – was a real eye-opener.”
Eighty-eight year old resident, Jim Henry, concluded: “I loved sharing my story and memories with the children.”
Thank you Phakama!
Meanwhile the Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader at Ivydene Michelle Shail said: “Phakama and their work is so engaging and it’s wonderful how they bring two generations together on such a personal level. Everyone, especially the residents, thoroughly enjoyed hearing the children’s stories and the children genuinely enjoyed hearing from our residents – the whole workshop was so heart-warming, full of smiles, laughter and joy – thank you Phakama!”
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.