What’s it like to grow older in the Burngreave area? Want to learn how to capture and share your stories? Want to help create a toolkit to combat isolation for older people in the Burngreave Ward?
On Saturday 19th March, 10.00-7pm, Age Better in Sheffield are holding a special event at the Vestry Hall that aims to bring together people from across Burngreave to capture stories about growing older in Burngreave, and celebrate what makes living in the area so special.
The stories that are captured from the day, and by the community in the following weeks, will go on to inform the creation of an ‘end isolation’ toolkit which will go out to 7,000 homes in Burngreave. The aim of the toolkit is to give residents the tools to help people spot the triggers of isolation, and give them courage to connect with neighbours to help make people less isolated.
Throughout the Vestry Hall event, guests will have a chance to learn new skills such as photography and film making so they can capture stories from their community, listen to inspirational local residents and community organisations, watch local dance, theatre and music groups, all which will culminate in a free meal at 5pm with dishes that represent the diverse community that makes up Burngreave.
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Performances and sessions on the day include:
- Photography, film, drawing and writing masterclasses
- Theatre workshop from national company Cardboard Citizens
- Diary room
- Chair aerobics
- Traditional Somali dance
- Live performance from Sheffield reggae band Truly Apparent
- Free sit down meal from 5pm
Proceedings will get underway at 10am, with Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, opening up the Speakers’ Corner which gives local people and organisations the chance to share their views about the area, growing older, and experiences of isolation throughout the day.
Nasreen Suleman, Toolkit Co-ordinator for Age Better in Sheffield, said: “We’re really looking forward to bringing everyone together, talking about local issues and how we can work together. It’s going to be a real party and we’re encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to come down and share this special day with us.
“Involving local people in designing the toolkit is essential – it’s the only way to ensure that we meet the unique demands of the Burngreave ward.”
Burngreave is the first of 5 wards to be involved in the development of the Neighbourhoods Toolkit over the next 6 years.
To book your place click here or just turn up on the day. Families and people of all ages are welcome. If you’d like to find out more about the event, simply visit www.agebettersheff.co.uk/toolkit.