Forever Young

Enhancing skills and wellbeing of older people through fun and gentle creative arts activities

IROKO Theatre Company received a grant of £39,238 from The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington, one of the Mercers’ Family of Charities, towards our ‘Forever Young’ project.

 

‘Forever Young’ used creative arts activities as a vehicle to enhance the emotional wellbeing and skills of isolated and/or lonely older people from different cultural backgrounds, some of whom have mild/moderate dementia.  The project took place in the London Boroughs of Newham, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.

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Project Album

 

 

Project Evaluation

Activities included:

  • Oral Storytelling skills development workshops

  • Traditional African group music-making and gentle movement workshops
  • African bare-hand clay modelling, arts and crafts workshops
  • Museum of London Docklands’ Reminiscence Storytelling
  • Singing for Fun
  • Wellness activities
  • Festive Sharing Days/Weekenders: picnics, celebratory events, etc.

Workshop Album

Partners:

  1. Museum of London Docklands
  2. Manor Park Neighbourhood Team
  3. North East London NHS Foundation Trust (Older Adult Mental Health Team)
  4. Redbridge Central Library (Celebratory Projects and Health & Wellbeing)
  5. Alzheimer’s Society Newham
  6. Arthritis Self-help Support Network
  7. Dagenham Park School
  8. The Big Friendly Coffee

Training

‘Forever Young’ provided skills development opportunities for older people through an intensive workshop programme that enabled them to acquire oral storytelling performance skills, as well as enhanced confidence and self-esteem.  Successful participants in the programme received IROKO’s National Open College Network accredited certificate. 

Representatives from partner organisations gained knowledge in using IROKO’s methodology to enhance their service delivery for older people.

Volunteering opportunities

‘Forever Young’ provided volunteering opportunities for some older people and KS12/13 students.  It further provided a unique opportunity for inter-generational encounters between both age groups.

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