New innovative project brings the young and old together

Published: 2 Oct 2017

Author: Lorraine George
New innovative project brings the young and old together

A 2017 Churchill Fellow is involved with a new innovative music project taking place across Torbay, which connects the very young and very old.

The ‘Making Bridges with Music’ project is using music as a way of connecting people of different ages and is showing what the young and the old can learn from, and offer, each other.

The project has received funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All, and is being delivered in partnership by Torbay Council’s Early Years Childcare Advisory Service, Torbay Childminders, local residential care homes and experienced community artists.

It comprises of six weekly music sessions in which childminders will bring pre-school age children into three residential care homes and, together, old and young will create music and art. The idea is that both residents and young children will benefit from being together, and that enjoying each other’s company will improve well-being for all, including the care providers themselves.

Lorraine George, a Childcare Development Worker at Torbay Council, has been awarded a Travelling Fellowship to explore the benefits of co-locating care for young children and seniors. She will be travelling to Seattle, Oklahoma and Kansas in the USA to research similar initiatives, and it is hoped her findings will help to develop ‘Making Bridges with Music’, and other projects.

“I congratulate Loraine on gaining the Travelling Fellowship, which will help us develop and improve this project for our young and old residents. There has recently been a growing international awareness about the value of this type of intergenerational learning and the amazing benefits that it brings to both the old and the young” -Councillor Julien Parrott, Executive Lead for Adults and Children, Torbay Council

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