Grundtvig Learning Partnership, 2013-2015
UK, Slovakia, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Poland
Older people who have left the workforce, especially those not currently engaged in learning-focussed activities.
The project will examine the challenges faced by older people at a European level:
- Isolation and loneliness of older people
- Feeling undervalued by rest of community
- Lack of communication with younger people
- Sense of frustration, with older people feeling they have a contribution still to make to society, but no means of getting involved
The tool for delivery of this project is Participatory Community Theatre. Participatory Community Theatre is a globally recognised approach which offers participants an opportunity to work closely with other people in a situation where their ideas, creativity and experience are valued, indeed, are essential to the progress and success of the project.
In Grey Matters, the older people involved in the project will not only engage in informal learning which will aid their own personal development as learners, but will also encourage them to reengage with society, and act as ambassadors for other older people, offering a new role for older people as effective, positive, engaged and useful members of society. Younger learners will also feature within the project, offering opportunities for intergenerational encounters, shared goals and learning, breaking down perceived stereotypes on both sides, and developing positive ways forward.
Over the project’s two year duration, partners will engage older people to join diverse theatrical groups with participants from throughout society. Each partner country will create shows using the combined input of the group members especially focussing on the added value contributed by older members.
The shows will be peformed in a series of organised events around Europe, including Bratislava, Rotterdam, Berlin, Bristol, and Antwerp.