The Culturally Creative Communities project, led by Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust in collaboration with Age NI Living Well Moyle and Armstrong Storytelling Trust connects older individuals in the community to various forms of creativity such as arts, crafts, food, song, and storytelling, the project not only seeks to preserve and enhance cultural heritage but also challenges age-related stereotypes.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Tourism NI one of the key aspects of the project is promoting intergenerational exchange, fostering greater understanding and connection between different age groups. This not only enriches the lives of older adults but also provides valuable experiences for younger generations. The emphasis on positive mental health and emotional well-being is particularly significant, as engaging in creative activities has been shown to have numerous cognitive and emotional benefits for individuals of all ages.

At its first event over thirty participants of the Cushendall Luncheon Group enjoyed an afternoon of local stories and songs with the renowned storyteller, singer, and songwriter, Colin Urwin.

Chairperson of the Glens Social Club Una Rowan commented “‘Our Luncheon Club had the pleasure of being entertained by Colin Urwin as an after-lunch activity thanks to the ‘Culturally Creative Communities’ project. Colin had a great way of connecting with the group relating to funny stories and songs from old times and bringing joy and laughter to their faces. Very enjoyable afternoon.’

Ballintoy Young at Heart group participated in a Watercolour Painting experience with Audrey Kyle at her Gobbins Économusée studio in Islandmagee. Audrey’s Économusée studio provided a unique and immersive environment for the participants, offering insights into her artistic process and allowed for a deeper connection with the craft of watercolour painting. The rugged beauty of the cliffs, the interplay of land and sea, and the unique features of the landscape served as a natural canvas that stimulated the imagination of the participants.

These hands-on experiences are just some of the many engaging activities planned under the Culturally Creative Communities project.

Carole O’Kane; Corporate Services Manager at CCGHT, emphasised the project’s mission, stating, ‘Each creative workshop aims to stimulate, motivate and inspire the older members of our community. The artisan workshops aim to be friendly and relaxing, suitable for all genders and abilities.’

If you would like to receive the news about the upcoming project events and workshops, please contact Tiérna Mullan / (028) 2075 2100.

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