Celebrating Age – The Elder Tree
The Elder Tree project is a three-year, region wide residency programme, which is empowering groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Activity will include story-telling, reminiscence writing, poetry, group reading and role-play, and embody an ethos of celebration and fun.
The region-wide project also celebrates the wealth of experience, knowledge and talent older people bring to communities, especially in the former coalfield areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, rural parts of Lincolnshire, former steelwork centre Corby and inner-city areas in Leicester.
Led by Writing East Midlands, the project will be delivered by a consortium which includes Creative People and Places projects First Art and Made in Corby, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and Museums and Development East Midlands, working with non-arts focussed organisations Age UK, Orders of St John Care Trust and University of the Third Age.
As part of WEM’s wider interest in evidencing how literature can make social change, The Elder Tree, will evaluate ‘how participating in creative writing activity affect feelings of social isolation and wellbeing in older people’ and inform our, and our partner’s, future work.
Meet the amazing group of Lead and Shadow Writers who are delivering the project, by clicking here.