Examples of WRVS Heritage Plus activities

Activities in the Heritage Plus areas

By Nicola Benge

Examples of Heritage Plus Activities

WRVS Heritage Plus activities in the Sussex area

'Stories in motion' at Hastings Museum

Reminiscence and movement. Participants explore memories and life experiences through discussion, dance and movement.

A 10-week activity workshop taking place at Hastings Museum, facilitated by a freelance artist. This is an opportunity for participants to meet new people, share memories and stories in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The workshop includes people who have been referred through social services, those who are full-time carers and those who are socially isolated. For one person these sessions have become a 'life-line'. Transport has been essential to ensure people can attend sessions.

Many participants had never been to the museum before even though they have lived in the town for many years. The final session included a talk by the museum.
Discussion has included 'What does love mean to you?' The result of these activities will be a series of postcards.

Fishersgate Intergenerational Video Workshop

Fishersgate is a socially deprived area on the south coast along from Brighton and Portslade.

A video workshop is taking place in partnership with Adur District Council.
Both old and young are coming together to discuss Fishersgate, what it means to them, why many moved there, how it has changed and what change they would like to see. Discussion on stereotypes will also be discussed.

Working with the Arts Officer for Adur District Council, the Community Development Worker, a freelance video artist and freelance reminiscence worker, weekly sessions are taking place separately and jointly with each generation.

Sessions take place at sheltered accommodation and out in the streets. As a result of this workshop, a mural exhibition and DVD will be produced for a new Healthy Living Centre and it will become part of Adur District Festival Art Trail.

Music Hall Workshop, WRVS Centre Crawley

A 10-week workshop taking place at the WRVS Centre and facilitated by a freelance reminiscence worker. Participants explore their memories and experiences of moving to a New Town. Crawley celebrated its 60th year in 2007.

The sessions involve reminiscence, music and singing as participants remember back to dance halls, social events and their favourite performers. Their memories and stories are being collated into scripts and songs for a public performance.

Heritage Plus is working in partnership with a local theatre group 'Spice of Life' who's members are all over the age of 70. These activity sessions will be followed by another 10-week rehearsal workshop later in the year, before the grand performance on 4th September at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley and then a touring show that will visit the other Heritage Plus project areas.

Intergenerational Workshop with Evolution Arts, Eastbourne

For 10 weeks, 10 older people and 8 young people met for two-hour sessions at Ratton School. The sessions were facilitated by 3 freelance workers from Evolution Arts, including a sound artist. Activities included discussion, reminiscence, drama, sound and art, on the subjects of childhood and first jobs.

The workshop culminated in a public performance by both generations at the Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne (Military Museum).

Traditional Cooking, St. Leonards-on-Sea

For 10 weeks, 10 women from the black minority ethnic communities of St. Leonards-on Sea met at the WRVS Centre to participate in a reminiscence and cookery workshop.

Each member of the group cooked a traditional dish from their home country each week, whilst they reminisced and enjoyed the food!

The workshop was facilitated by a trained volunteer (trained through the Heritage Plus training programme) and helped by two other volunteers. The result of the sessions will be a recipe book of memories.

This page was added by Nicola Benge on 13/05/2008.

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