Intergenerational art charity, Magic Me, has been awarded a grant of £15,000 to fund their work in Tower Hamlets. This grant will fund art projects that bring generations together and help to combat loneliness.
This grant will help Magic Me to continue to provide regular intergenerational activities and link older people with children, teenagers, and young adults to combat isolation and instil a sense of purpose. These activities include Cocktails in Care Homes and Arts & Ages.
Combating loneliness in deprived communities
Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived boroughs in London, and migration means that older and younger generations are often of different cultural backgrounds and rarely meet, or report feeling uneasy when they do. Half of all older people in Tower Hamlets live in income deprivation, which also impacts wellbeing and feelings of isolation.
Creating a sense of community
Past participants in Magic Me’s initiatives have reported reduced feelings of loneliness, an increased sense of happiness, a positive impact on wellbeing, and feeling more connected to the local community. Children grew in confidence and improved their skills when communicating with older people, and volunteers’ confidence in communicating with people with dementia also increased dramatically.
London Freemasons visit Magic Me
Tham Huynh from Magic Me said:
“We’re extremely grateful to London Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to continue our vital work and reach more people in East London. The support we give to both older and younger people makes a real difference to the community; this grant will have a huge impact in helping us bring the generations together.”
Adrian Fox from London Freemasons said
“Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone; we’re proud to support Magic Me’s valuable work helping the community in Tower Hamlets.”
Later Life Inclusion
Our later life grants are helping to reduce loneliness amongst older people.
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