A Playhouse programme which invited rural community groups aged 65 + to participate in Digital Multi Media, Visual Arts, Music and Creative Writing.
Groups involved in the programme included Tullyalley Cosy Club (who participated in Digital Multi Media and Creative Writing), Sionmills Community Forum (who explored Creative Writing and through the Music workshops completed a song about Mill life), and Faughanvale Community Project, (who used Music, including dancing, writing, singing some of their own work), and participating in Multi Media workshops.
Joe, a participant from Faughanvale Community Project, enjoying a multi media workshop.
The aim of the programme was to promote a number of benefits which will improve health, confidence, esteem and emotional well being.
The programme culminated in participating groups hosting a workshop, exhibition or performance in March 2015, the ‘Arts & Elders' festival month.
"I would like to say a big thanks to you all for giving senior citizens the opportunity do work on something like this. It was through [the facilitator] that has gave me the inspiration to keep on singing by joining my church choir ... and beginning singing lessons for adults.. and it's all down to your wonderful work & inspiration. Thank you again most sincerely and hope that you will do something like this in the future again." Project participant