Older people living with dementia in Belle Isle will share what life is like with the start of a £10,000 cross-generational journal project.
Known as the ‘Friends of Nes’T’field’, the group of residents and relatives at the Orchard Care-run setting are celebrating after securing £10,000 from the Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund.
With daily accounts from the older and younger generations, the project will provide insights into how different people within their communities live, their interests and thoughts.
Dani Bird, Activity Coordinator at Nesfield Lodge, said:
“Everyone was delighted to find out the group had been successful with the award. Residents are really excited about the project getting started.
“The Year 2 class has already been visiting for sessions and each week residents look forward to working with them and sharing their ideas. It has really provided the home with links to the community and it’s great to see.”
Supported by creative ageing charity Equal Arts, residents and school children will take part in a range of artist-led activities together to help share their stories.
The journal will include written text, drawings, photos and keepsakes from those taking part.
Residents first partnered with local schools when the home joined Equal Arts’ HenPower project back in September 2015. The project is now in more than 40 care settings across the UK, and over eight Orchard Care Homes.
The innovative project combines hen-keeping and creativity to help reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing among older people.
Nicola Pemberton, who leads the HenPower project in Leeds for Equal Arts, said:
“It has been fantastic to see the relationships developing between residents and pupils. Many residents will talk about the children visiting as it has left them with a good feeling, and emotion they can retain longer than a memory.
“They get so much from learning alongside each other and the interactive diary will help shed more light on how their lives differ and where they are similar.
“It also highlights to young people and the wider community how people can live well with dementia.”
This Saturday (30 July 2016) Nesfield will open its doors to the community with its summer fair between 2-4pm with all welcome to attend.