New Vic Theatre

Ages & Stages

To engage older people (60-95) from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire most likely to be experiencing social and environmental isolation by setting up a new theatre group to increase social engagement, develop skills and confidence and improve health and wellbeing.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (253242)

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  • "It helps your mental health, you work through issues in your history and come up with a new outlook, it's a social activity, but so inclusive."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

  • "My world was shrinking, this has expanded my world."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

  • "We have been learning new skills - working with professionals has been amazing."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

  • "We have been learning new skills - working with professionals has been amazing."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

  • "It helps your mental health, you work through issues in your history and come up with a new outlook, it's a social activity, but so inclusive."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

  • "My world was shrinking, this has expanded my world."

    — Ages & Stages pilot group member

Situation

Loneliness and social isolation correlate strongly with other problems and are associated with poor physical and mental health. They are as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and more damaging than obesity (Campaign to End Loneliness). Older people need a broad range of opportunities and activities to combat loneliness but many care professionals don’t engage with the arts - as a result activities on offer are often passive and don't answer the need.

Solution

Our aim is to ensure that older people feel valued, are able to express creativity, use skills and engage with other people (including members of the New Vic's youth theatre), building friendships and enhancing feelings of wellbeing to strengthen resilience in tough times. The new group would meet on a weekly basis for 30 weeks. Group members will help lead a programme of activities, including drama and storytelling, to encourage ownership and participation.