Magic Me

Magic Me: Connecting Generations

Magic Me’s exciting, pioneering intergenerational arts projects give young and older people opportunities to meet, create and spend time together, combatting ageism and loneliness. Join our community as we invent new ways to keep connected through the challenges of COVID-19 and into the future.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (328331)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£6,000

Amount raised

£6,109

Donations

68

Championed by Monday Charitable Trust

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

  • We are at each end of life, but we are finding ways of relating to each other and talking to each other, which is absolutely enchanting and illuminating

    — Older Participant

Situation

In busy, crowded east London, younger and older people of many cultural communities can live parallel lives. Poverty, poor housing and constant redevelopment lead to a sense of dislocation and loneliness that has been increased by COVID-19. For many younger and older people, isolation and loneliness is affecting their health and wellbeing. While many people of all ages are keen to connect with others, they have been unable to meet, or have chances to share their talents or learn new skills.

Solution

Magic Me works in partnership with individuals and local schools, community centres and care homes to run exciting, creative and arts projects that bring together children or young people with older people 60+. Even through lockdown, our participants have exchanged letters, drawings and poetry as a way to connect with each other. These interactions create friendship and fun across different generations and cultures who would otherwise not be able to meet.