Project information

My Generation

Intergenerational project which brings older people, children and young people together through community arts projects in Bristol to create original stories, theatre and arts projects. The project will involve local schools, vulnerable young people, and isolated older people.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: acta community theatre limited

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  • Need


    There is often misunderstanding and fear between older people and younger people in the community, which can lead to fear of crime for older people, and tension between the two age groups. There is a tendency for children and younger people to 'write off' older people as having nothing to offer; as having been 'born old'. Older people become isolated, self-confidence dwindles, they feel undervalued and apart from community life.


    My Generation will work with older people and younger people to create joint theatre and arts projects which encourages the creativity of all participants. By working together towards a joint aim, all generations will have the opportunity to learn about, and from, each other, creating a better level of understanding, building friendships, and building confidence in all participants. The creation of an shared end product will engender pride in all involved

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring together older people with children and young people to create original theatre and arts


    » Lead 12 workshops over the course of one year with older people to develop skills in story telling and performance
    » lead 12 workshops with children/young people to develop original stories and performance
    » lead 12 joint workshops with children/young people and older people working together to share work and create a joint artistic product

    What success will look like

    Success will be... engaging 10-15 older people and 15-20 younger people in the project

    Aim 2

    Enable participants of all generations to create an original piece of theatre/arts.


    » engage children and older people in 12 separate and 12 joint workshops
    » engage all participants in working together to share ideas and create new work in 12 joint workshops
    » Present final piece to community audience

    What success will look like

    Success will be... the successful creation of a new and piece of theatre/arts owned jointly by older and younger people

  • Impact


    Older people feel less isolated, value themselves more, feel more confident
    Younger people feel more confident
    Positive relationships have developed between different generations
    Wider community have a more positive attitude towards older and younger people

    Success will be demonstrated through the self-evaluation of all participants, to estimate the positive impacts of the project on them personally. The quality of the final product will also form a measure of project success


    Older people are too isolated or not interested in taking part - acta has good partnerships with older people's organisations, both voluntary and statutory, who will assist in identifying and supporting older people to take part. acta has 27 years experience of developing and delivering successful community arts projects.
    Younger people don't engage - acta has good links with some local young people, and strong partnerships with youth services to help to identify and support participants


    Funders of this project will be kept in touch through e-mails at key stages of the project, 6, 12 and 24 weeks.
    All funders will be sent 'stories' and case studies detailing specific individual journeys. Funders will be invited to performances, and sent dvd of final presentations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Workshops running 36 workshops with children and older people
      £1,000 materials materials and support costs for workshops
      £2,500 Coordination Coordination staff time, inc publicity
  • Background


    The project will work in disadvantaged areas of Bristol, focusing on St Pauls, where there is a high BME population, and Bedminster, which has an above average percentage of isolated older people


    Older people aged 65+ who are isolated
    People with disabilities
    Children under 11
    Young people 12-16

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    acta is an educational charity with 27 years experience in developing and delivering successful community arts projects with disadvantaged groups. The company has particularly worked over the last 5 years with older people, and has created a range of original theatre and related arts products, including dvd's and books. Over the last three years acta has become increasingly interested in the positive benefits of older and young er people working together.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Malcolm X Elders Forum

    This is an organisation consisting of older people from the African Caribbean community of St Pauls. - identifying and engaging older people

    Neil Beddow

    Artistic Director, acta - experienced deviser, facilitator and director will work on delivering workshops and final performances/presentations.