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Waterford Intergenerational Project “Art of Wellbeing” Community Exhibition

Waterford Intergenerational Project is a collaborative initiative between the Inner City Community Youth Project and St. Brigid’s Family and Community Centre which has run for the past number of years. The project brings together young people and older adults from Waterford City and aims to promote greater understanding, respect and learning across the generations.

The group recently held a Community Exhibition for their Art of Wellbeing Project which was facilitated by community arts tutor Rosaleen Heavin. The project was funded by a National Lottery grant through St. Brigid’s FCC.

The group worked together for 8 weeks considering what was important for them in terms of physical and mental health. They used a range of creative mediums such as collage and photography to design two posters. The emerging themes were ‘Pressure’ and ‘Loneliness’. The group also explored local support services which can help with these issues so that they could be signposted on the posters.

The group also exhibited the range of photographs taken during the course of the project. At the exhibition, two of the young people Nancy and Chloe spoke about their participation in the project and in the intergenerational group in general. One of the adults Stella then spoke about her participation and even gave attendees a lovely rendition of the song ‘Sunrise, Sunset’.

The posters will be displayed in various community meeting places in the local area. The group are very proud of their achievements and are looking forward to working together again in 2020. The group is always welcoming new members from any generation aged 12 and up. For adults wishing to get involved they can contact Mags Drohan in St. Brigid’s FCC. Any young people wishing to get involved can contact Shellie Grant in Manor Street Youth and Community Centre

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