This exciting Storylines project will explore how primary schools can benefit from a deeper involvement with the wider community, providing new opportunities to enrich the lives of both young and old community members.
‘Linking Lifetimes’ will be working in Praze-an-Beeble for a year, holding a series of events and workshops that will enable an exchange of stories between children and adults. We all have stories and so they are a wonderful way of nurturing new relationships, breaking down barriers and encouraging empathy, respect and understanding between generations.
Workshops and events will take place both within the community and at Crowan Primary School, and will explore different ways to share and capture stories. This will include recording first-hand stories; holding Memory Days; creating digital stories; undertaking Memory Walks around the village; starting a story club and facilitating postal exchanges. The aim is to involve as many people as possible so that these links and ways of working can live on beyond the end of this project.
As part of the project the community will design and produce a collaborative artwork that will represent the gathered stories and remain in the community as a celebration of those involved.
Look out for us at Praze Fair Show on Saturday 11th July 2015, where we will be launching the project near the main marque. We will also be holding a taster session at Praze Institute on 21st July 2-4pm for anyone who wants to find out more and get involved with the project.
This project will help us explore how a narrative centred approach might be used to link generations and develop supportive networks within communities. It will give us the opportunity to trial and develop new and unique ways of working, that we can take forward in our future work, and share with others.
If you are interested in the project then please do get in touch.