Magic Me

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18 Victoria Park Square,
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E2 9PF

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020 3222 6064

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               Magic Me: Bringing Generations Together                  Finding more ways to meet, create and party

Where we are today - a message from our director addressing the current situation

"Magic Me’s mission is to bring people of different generations together, to learn from and about one another, through arts and creative activity. The challenge of coronavirus makes this mission more vital than ever as we are encouraged, and told, to self-isolate and stay at home..." 

One of our participants said “There are lots of places for older people like me to go and have coffee and chat. I want more than that. What I love about Magic Me is that I come home with new ideas, with questions, and things to think about when I’m back home alone, things that keep me going for another week.”

Talking on the phone will be vital, but we want to offer more than that. We’re exploring how we can create that inspiration, those questions and ideas from a distance – they are even more vital if that week is going to turn into a month, or months.

Social distancing has meant that with our current projects, we have not been able to carry on our activities as normal. For our vulnerable older participants, these unprecedented times are most hard hitting. Many of them already experience loneliness and social isolation and further social distancing will affect their health and wellbeing.

For 30 years Magic Me’s exciting, pioneering intergenerational arts projects have been giving young and older people opportunities to meet, create and spend time together, combatting ageism and loneliness. Week by week young people and older adults meet in schools, care homes, older peoples centres and after-school clubs, working on a shared arts activity e.g. drama, music and photography.

Magic Me is working with our current 24 partner care homes, older people venues and their residents to find creative ways to continue friendships between younger and older people. 

Our Cocktails In Care Homes project usually offers residents a chance to get dressed up, have drinks, socialise and dance with other residents and volunteers. We are now exploring new ways where residents can still party and connect with volunteers online or on the phone. 

Our Arts & Ages project links primary school pupils with local older neighbours. We’re talking with partners schools which are still open to keep up contact through exchanging videos, artworks and notes, individualised because the children and adults already know one another.

How your donations help:  

  • £10 buys stamps to post out 15 letters from younger people to their older friends who are self-isolating. An additional £10 will pay the postage for the replies from the older friends.
  • £35 helps us to make phone calls to check in with the wellbeing of our participants and to stay in touch to keep up morale.
  • £119 pays for a year subscription to Zoom, so we can host 100 participants to take part in creative activities and parties online.

Magic Me is committed to ensuring that these important intergenerational relationships continue to grow and develop creatively. Together as a community we will come out the other end of this situation, stronger and well connected.

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