Young people unable to participate in mainstream schools joined forces with residents at Redbank extra care scheme in Radcliffe to make and sell craft items to generate community funding.
Older residents and pupils from Spring Lane School took part in arts and craft sessions with pupils between January and June 2017, with the residents passing on valuable skills and knowledge on the design and creation of various items, including clay models and drawings.
Items created at these were then sold to generate an income for future sessions, teaching the young, budding entrepreneurs valuable skills linked to enterprise, including marketing the products through the creation of leaflets and point of sale techniques. By the final session on June 22nd, the group had made a surplus £100 profit which will be used by Redbank tenants to run additional social activities for the 44 people living in the scheme.
The project, named Young In Mind, is the result of partnership work between Six Town Housing, Milltown House Pupil Referral Unit and Redbank Tenant and Residents Association (TRA). The project was supported with funding from Ambition For Ageing, which enabled the initial purchasing of materials and resources for the group.
Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive from Six Town Housing said, "Not only did the sessions help young people pick up essential, work based skills, but it promoted inclusion and helped break down barriers between ages."
Liz Hollick, Youth Worker from Milltown House said, “The young in mind project has proven very positive for both students and residents of Redbank, many friendships have been formed between students and residents. There are significant issues faced by adolescents and the senior members of the community and many of these are common issues.”
The two loneliest groups of people in Britain today are on the one hand the over 70’s, and on the other, the 14-24 year olds. If by one simple intervention you can address the problem for both groups, it has to be worth pursuing.”
Lucy, a young student who participated in the sessions, said, “I really enjoyed my experience at Redbank because the people there are very nice and fun to speak to. I think that sometimes people in care homes can be a bit lonely and sad but everyone there was happy and loved talking.”
“It was a good idea to go because it is a nice place and the atmosphere is so nice to be in. I feel this is not just beneficial for them but for us too. It was nice hearing about their lives and families so I would definitely like to go back because the residents are good company and fun to sit with. When I was there I felt very happy.”
1. LR Tyler, Christine, Brandon and Charlotte join Liz Hollick Youth Worker at Mill Town House as they present Bev Hopkinson (Six Town Housing) and Olive Jackson (Redbank TRA) with the cheque for £100.
2. LR Bev Howard joins Christine and Jean Spours as they work with Clay during the Arts and Craft session.
3. Marilyn Wantling (far right) joins Tyler as they work with Clay during the craft session.Back to news