Six Town Housing partnered up with Bury College students to run arts and craft sessions with tenants from sheltered and extra care schemes at Bury Art Gallery. The project, now in its third year, aims to reduce social isolation and create links between older and younger people in the borough.

Two sessions took place on 23rd and 24th January for residents of Moorfield, Red Bank, Falcon and Griffin, Peachment Place, Top O’ the fields and Welcomb Walk. 24 tenants attended all together as well as 8 Bury College Students.

As part of their work placement, Bury College students delivered watercolour and weaving sessions with the tenants, teaching them the process of each skill and helping them create a piece of their own.

Stephanie Brimelow, Community Development Worker, said, “The project was a great success and the tenants were really pleased with the new skills they learnt. Whilst they were taking part, conversations started between the students and the tenants. It was positive seeing two age groups engaging so well with each other.” 

Richard Lucas, Bury College Head of Curriculum for Art, Media and Film Studies said, “Bury College was delighted to be involved in such a wonderful initiative. Our students took a lot away from the industry brief and further developed their communication skills and confidence.”

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