Spring into Sound: play time for our generations

by Emily Robertson and Malik Tokwe in Brighton, East Sussex, England

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Intergenerational project tackling social isolation amongst older people through immersion in nature.

by Emily Robertson and Malik Tokwe in Brighton, East Sussex, England

In short, this is a dream combination of generations coming together in nature to play and be curious, unleashing their inner musician and experimenting in nature.   Unite The Beat has already raised almost half of our budget with an amazingly generous grant of £2000 from Upstream Ideas. We hope you will support us in raising the rest so that we can fulfil our vision to reduce social isolation and promote well-being amongst some of our communities most isolated.

Spring into Sound is a pilot project being run by Unite The Beat and Bee in the Woods Forest school.  The vision is to create a space of play and curiosity in which socially isolated older people and preschool children can connect and engage in meaningful relationships.  The project will use the mediums of sound and nature to immerse participants in each others company, exploring and foraging for sound in Bee in the Woods community garden, Portslade.   Think splashing in puddles, rustling leaves and drumming on trees.  

In our campaign video, you will hear from Helen about why she wants to take part.  We so enjoyed meeting each other and we were touched by her comment that she had loved being filmed as no one ever takes photos of her.   A total natural on camera we are sure you will agree.  

'Every pledge will help us to ensure that a socially isolated older person or child can take part in something that is inclusive and mutually rewarding. The funds will be used to support Unite the Beat and Bee in the Woods Forest School to facilitate and manage the project so that people like Helen, who has said just by being invited she has a purpose again, can have something to look forward to.  As you will hear in the video, Helen has recently lost her best friend of 70 years and feels the project will help her move forward in life at a very difficult time.  Just imagine the difference it will have to Helen's life when she actually benefits from this collaboration!

The project will run over a period of 7 months, working with socially isolated older people identified by local Charity Time to Talk Befriending. They will enjoy a monthly workshop (from April to July) with 10 preschool-aged children, playing together in nature and experimenting with sounds as the seasons change.  We will film and record samples of sound throughout which we will then transform into a mini-documentary and music video.  This will be shown to all participants in a celebratory screening, offering renewed opportunities for contact and relationship.  The film will also serve to stimulate memory and a sense of community long after the project is finished.

The benefits of intergenerational projects have been well documented, with the first formalised intergenerational care project opening in 1976, Tokyo**.   More recently many of us have been captivated by the Channel 4 'Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Old's**' in which the impact of intergenerational care on the health and happiness of residents is explored.  Further afield, informal arrangements in which young children and older people benefit from each other's wisdom remain commonplace and in South Africa, where Unite The Beat Co-Founder Malik Tokwe is from, it is very common for 'Gogo/Granny' to be the primary caregiver whilst parents go out in search of work.  


The idea to combine these groups and immerse them in the Unite The Beat experience has always been our intention and we are excited to have met such dedicated partners immersed in their respective communities.  

As for the music, we have devised a workshop that breaks down the barriers to making music by turning our environment into an auditory playground.  Participants are encouraged to be curious, playful and to unleash their lateral thinking as they 'forage' for sound, experimenting in the abundant instruments nature has to offer.  Paired with the expertise present in the Bee In The Woods Forest School there feels no limit to the fun we can have in nature together.  Alongside running regular Forest School Sessions and Woodland Parties, Bee In The Woods provide bespoke support and training for early years settings and schools.

The main aim of the project is to capture children and older people adventuring in nature together, building sustainable relationships that will reduce isolation longer term.  We hope this will be the first of many projects we undertake as a collaboration that seeks to tackle the life-threatening issue of loneliness caused by social isolation and are immensely grateful for any support you can offer. 

Here are a few of the goodies you can enjoy in exchange for your support. 

Bee in the Woods Enamel Mug

Unite The Beat Tote Bag

Unite The Beat T-shirt's

Beautiful things A4 prints:

Vegan Cheese Making Workshop: 

Meal voucher worth £50 at Bincho Yakitori (voted Brighton's 2nd Best Restaurant)

Costs associated with Tote Bags, Enamel Mugs and T-shirts have been included in the budget and will be reclaimed.

**cited by the Guardian in their article ''It’s like being reborn': inside the care home opening its doors to toddlers'' 06.09.17

** http://www.channel4.com/programmes/old-peoples-home-for-4-year-olds

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Social Media Shout Out

Bee in the Woods and Unite the Beat will thank you for your support on their FB pages. Share it and encourage others to join the campaign and help us Spring into Sound.

£5 or more

Win a £50 meal voucher at Bincho

Pledge £5 and you could win a voucher worth £50 at local restaurant Bincho Yakatori. What can we say, we were lucky enough to discover Bincho a couple of years ago and have salivated over their outrageously delicious food ever since. The winner will be informed by Monday morning. Don't forget to leave your contact details. Voucher includes food and drink, must be used by 1st Dec 2018. Tripadvisor:https://tinyurl.com/y7vrkjxf

£15 or more

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Unite The Beat Tote Bags

Bag yourself a fancy Unite The Beat fabric shopping bag. Want to save the planet from plastic? Or just love a trendy accessory. This bag is for you. All at the same time as supporting this wonderful project. You will be able to carry your bag with pride.

£20 or more

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Bee in the Woods Enamel Mug

These fantastic enamel mugs are ideal for camping or trips to Forest School. With a distressed retro finish, enjoy your outdoor cuppa in style. Enamelware is porcelain fused onto steel, making it very durable. The colour is long-lasting and cannot burn.

£20 or more

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Immersion in nature workshop spaces

Join us on our immersion in nature workshop and be guided through a series of playful activities designed to settle you into yourself, your relationships and your environment. Think rustling leaves, drumming on trees and splashing in puddles. Described as meditative, brings you into the present moment, fun and unique. Workshops usually cost between £25 and £35 so snap up this bargain and support us to reduce social isolation.

£30 or more

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Beautiful things plant print

Snap up a 'beautiful things' A4 print 'Bumble Bee'. This quirky piece of work will brighten up any corner of your home or office. Only two available. This print is one of 20, the original is watercolour and pen.

£30 or more

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Family Forest School

Join Bee in the Woods for an afternoon of building dens, natural art, wildlife watching, toasting marshmallows, exploring and playing in our lovely wild woodland camp in Portslade. There will be plenty of games and adventure, foraging and firecraft , hammock swinging and tea drinking for all ages. Ticket is valid for a family of up to 4 and includes 2.5 hours of woodland fun, drinks and tasty campfire treats.

£31 or more

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30% off Vegan Cheese Making workshop

Titbits catering has very kindly donated 3 places on her Vegan cheese making courses at a 10% discount making it even more tempting. We recently enjoyed this workshop ourselves and were totally gobsmacked at the delicious range of nut cheeses we created. Massively worth investing in this course plus you get the double benefit of knowing that we are putting your money to good use. Must be used by 31st July 2018. Brighton based.

£40 or more

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Become a part of the project!

If your little wild thing loves nature and music and would benefit from the wisdom and experience of a wonderful older friend, why not get involved with our project?! Pledge to become a part of 4 monthly workshops filled with Bee in the Woods Forest School play and Unite the Beats cool musical fun aimed at bringing generations together. Children under 5 welcome. One pledge = 4 x 2 hour Forest School sessions. Workshops on last Thurs of month.

£45 or more

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Unite The Beat T-shirts

Add this stylish T-shirt to your wardrobe to wear in summer and layer up in winter whilst the beast from the east does it's worst! Available in a range of colours and sizes for both adults and children. Again wear it with pride knowing that you are reducing social isolation with your pledge.

£60 or more

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Get your name / name of a loved one in lights!

Your pledge will get your name in lights as we thank you for your contribution in making the project possible. Share the name of your loved if your prefer and we will remember them with you (please put loved one in brackets so we know). Spring into Sound will conclude with a 10-minute film documenting the project and showcasing the music made. This will be kept by all participants and shown on social media.

£75 or more

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Bumper merchandise pack

Love all our merchandise and can't pick! Don't worry this pledge will get you a Bee in the Woods Enamel Mug, Unite the Beat Tote Bag & T-shirt. If it feels a bit overkill you can share one with a friend or use them all at once with a squeaky clean sense of satisfaction that you have supported an important cause.

£100 or more

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Promote yourself at the end of our film (1/4 page)

Fund a 1/4 page advert in our film credits. Your advert will also be shared with all those who have participated in the crowdfunding campaign, our respective networks (inc. The Brighton Chamber of Commerce). Together we have a combined Facebook audience of nearly 2000 and mailing lists to match. Lastly, we hope to participate in The Brighton and Hove Older Peoples festival and include the film at a number of upcoming events.

£100 or more

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Don't want anything back (100)

If you are really passionate about what we are doing, want to give a generous donation and don't want anything back in return then this pledge is for you. Send us your email address if you want to be updated on the project at the end. We would love to let you know how it has all gone.

£150 or more

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Promote yourself at the end of our film (1/2 page)

Fund a 1/2 page advert in our film credits. Your advert will also be shared with all those who have participated in the crowdfunding campaign, our respective networks (inc. The Brighton Chamber of Commerce). Together we have a combined Facebook audience of nearly 2000 and mailing lists to match. Lastly, we hope to participate in The Brighton and Hove Older Peoples festival and include the film at a number of upcoming events.

£200 or more

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Bee Wild Woodland Party

Join the Bee in the Woods team in our beautiful woodland camp for a children's birthday party to remember! Our parties include: 2 hours of games, play and adventure with activities such as den building, tool use, fire-lighting, marshmallow toasting, exploration, pond-dipping and natural crafts. Themes include Dinosaurs, Bugs, Science, Enchanted Forest or Survival School. Party for up to 10 children. Tea/Coffee for adults included.

£200 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Don't want anything back (200)

If you are really passionate about what we are doing, want to give a generous donation and don't want anything back in return then this pledge is for you. Send us your email address if you want to be updated on the project at the end. We would love to let you know how it has all gone.

£250 or more

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Promote yourself at the end of our film (page)

Fund a full page advert in our film credits. Your advert will also be shared with all those who have participated in the crowdfunding campaign, our respective networks (inc. The Brighton Chamber of Commerce). Together we have a combined Facebook audience of nearly 2000 and mailing lists to match. Lastly, we hope to participate in The Brighton and Hove Older Peoples festival and include the film at a number of upcoming events.

£300 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Don't want anything back (300)

If you are really passionate about what we are doing, want to give a generous donation and don't want anything back in return then this pledge is for you. Send us your email address if you want to be updated on the project at the end. We would love to let you know how it has all gone.

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