Wyldwood Arts creates community projects that help people connect across the generations.
Ordinarily our intergenerational arts projects take place in care homes, schools & community settings. We bring people together to make, share & create, building unlikely friendships and sparking moments of joy.
As the COVID-19 pandemic means we are unable to deliver our work face to face, we’ve created 'The Meeting Post' an intergenerational good news newspaper delivered directly into care homes and to older adults living alone through home support networks.
The Meeting Post is a print publication, engaging older adults and children alike and full of interactive creative, dementia-friendly activities and reader contributions, including invitations to join collaborative storytelling, poetry & art activities, a pen pal scheme and creative reminiscence prompts.
This winter, with the coronavirus crisis continuing to unfold, many older adults will be facing a festive period spent alone. In response Wyldwood are creating a bumper winter edition of The Meeting Post to be distributed in December.
We are fundraising to create festive care packs to accompany the paper into the homes of older adults.
We will work with schools to create the festive packs and provide templates and ideas for children to make gift bags to contain a festive decoration, a creative activity, a handwritten card and an invitation to sign up to a continued pen pal scheme. A festive tea bag will also be included for sensory stimulation and a warming drink.
We hope these packs will raise a smile and offer an opportunity for isolated people feel connected to their community and build bonds. Each pack will cost roughly £6 to make and distribute. The more money we raise, the more we will be able to put together.
We know this will be a Christmas unlike any other but together we can reach isolated people and build connections that bring light and encourage brighter times to come.