Photography ambassadors, from Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS), have been working with care home residents and artists with disabilities over a series of weeks to produce photographic artwork based around memory. The partnership included CHHS students, residents, staff and learners from Borough Care’s Cawood House and Bryn Haven and Care UK’s Abney Court and support charity Pure Innovations, under the guidance of Kim Rowley, Head of Photography at CHHS.
At the end of the project, the artwork was exhibited around Stockport, with its opening day at Vernon Park Art Gallery, followed by exhibitions at each of the respective care homes. Residents and staff attended the opening exhibition to view their artwork with their Cheadle Hulme High School partners.
At the opening event the CHHS students donated £300 to our Life Story Network Community Interest Company (CiC). Anna Gaughan, CEO of LSN, collected the cheque on behalf of the company. She said:
“It’s amazing to have people of all ages come together to put memory into physical form. We talk about inter-generational work and this is exactly what we mean. This legacy is something that no one is going to forget. At LSN, our whole philosophy is to promote the use of ‘stories’ on different levels to connect people and ensure that every individual has the capacity or potential to be remarkable. It illustrates that through our human contact there is so much more that potentially connects us than separates us – whether we are thinking about age, disability, gender or ethnicity. Stories are the oldest form of education”.
Rachel Roberts-Newton, from Stockport Council, Adult Social Care team has been instrumental in bringing all of the partners in this project together.
We are delighted to be now partnering with CHHS, Stockport Council and others to begin planning another exciting inter-generational project for next year. Watch this space!
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