Two new intergenerational projects for 2014

Intergenerational work is something I really love setting up and getting involved in. You never quite know how a project is going to run or what kind of responses you’ll get from those participating.

Last year Beauty and Utility Arts were successful with two applications for intergenerational funding and since January we’ve been happy and busy with workshops.

The first set of four workshops ran in Ashby de la Zouch between Lewis Charlton School, for secondary-aged students who have experienced difficulties within mainstream and possibly other special education provision and EMH Homes Prior Park site, which provides sheltered and retirement housing for older people.

Workshops were co-facilitated by Katherine Brown (Beauty and Utility Arts) and participatory artist Lisa Pidgeon (Little Bird School of Stitchcraft) and filmed by Trevor Cobbe. The project was funded by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Partnership for LeicesterShire and Rutland’s Wellbeing Hi 5 programme.

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The second series of workshops are currently underway between children from Agar Nook Community Centre in Coalville and older residents from St. Mary’s Court in Donnington le Heath.

This time Katherine has co-facititated with participatory artist Rikke Digerud and film maker Trevor Cobbe. Funding came from the North West Leicestershire Staying Healthy Community Grant.

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In both sets of workshops our theme has been WW1, linking in with the 100 year anniversary of the conflict and in the weeks to come we’ll be releasing a DVD for our funders showing the benefits of intergenerational Arts and Health activities in more detail.




About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (
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