Intergenerational Practice

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We specialise in Intergenerational Practice…

All of our projects involve an element of intergenerational practice, working with schools, universities, care homes and wider community organisations to bring together the generations through the arts.

Wyldwood Arts work identifies with this commonly used definition of Intergenerational practice, cited from the Beth Johnson Foundation:

“Intergenerational Practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promotes greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the [different generations] have to offer each other and those around them”. (Beth Johnson Foundation, 2001)

We believe that co-produced, intergenerational, arts-based projects - such as ours - have the potential to:

  • Engage communities, bringing people together, building stronger relationships

  • Improve the health and well-being of all those involved and the wider community, thus also contributing to health inequalities

  • Relieve isolation and loneliness, particularly in older people and particularly in rural communities

  • Promote positive behaviours and introduce people to new skills (as well as encouraging them to re-discover old ones!)

  • Provide people with a safe environment for exchanging stories, experiences and life skills with each other