Storyhouse in Chester is hosting The Great Get Together over the weekend of 22nd – 24th June as part of its Celebrating Age Programme.
The Brightlife Great Get Together has been co-designed with older people living in the borough, to provide a weekend festival of performances, workshops, talks, films crafts and debates geared towards a 50+ audience. All of the activities have been co-designed in consultation with older people through a ‘Think-In’ held earlier in the year to find out what people wanted to see, do, share or learn.
The Great Get Together is a national campaign inspired by the late MP Jo Cox who was passionate about tackling loneliness and social isolation. This is at the heart of the Brightlife Partnership which is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness in Cheshire West and Chester.
Jo Cox’s belief was that we have far more in common than that which divides us and over the Great Get Together weekend people around the country will be joining in with community events and activities. Storyhouse hosted the weekend last year soon after they opened their doors, so as they have just celebrated their first birthday it will be a double celebration.
There’s a jam-packed programme of events and activities such as a ‘Share a Memory’ booth where people can make an audio recording of a memory to keep it alive in a gallery to be showcased on the Brightlife website. For those looking for something more hands-on, Age UK Cheshire’s ‘Shedders’ from the Men In Sheds project will be helping visitors make bird-boxes … or why not try a Tai Chi taster session, jewellery making, painting for pleasure classes, a vintage photo-booth, along with dancing, singing and bug-hotel making – you name it, it will be happening!
Chris McClelland, Head of Brightlife said: “We are delighted to be hosting our Great Get Together in partnership with Storyhouse in such a beautiful, age friendly, iconic venue. Our work at Brightlife is to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the over 50’s and we know that sometimes it can be making that first step to try something new which is the most difficult. We work all over the borough of Cheshire West and Chester but Storyhouse is an ideal venue to host the many different activities we have organised and I am confident it will be another busy weekend bringing people together. I look forward to seeing you there!”
A full line-up of the weekend is available here.