Age UK Westminster are passionate about encouraging older people to try new experiences and re-engage with their creativity.
Recent studies have shown that taking part in creative activities can have a significantly positive impact on the quality of later life. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota followed 256 people aged 85 and over, for four years. During this time they observed that the individuals who were involved in the arts were 73% less likely to have suffered from memory problems and the individuals who regularly took part in creative activities were 45% less likely to have mild cognitive impairment (an early sign of dementia).
In 2015 we successfully launched Thanks for the Memories, an intergenerational project which brought together older Westminster residents and local students to create an original radio play. The radio play ‘Here, there and back again’ was broadcast on The Wireless, Age UK National’s official radio station on Sunday 5th June.
We are currently delivering Acting Mature, a community drama project aimed at Westminster residents aged 50 plus who live in and around Church Street.
We are providing 8 weeks of free drama workshops at Penfold Community Hub. These workshops are focused on developing performance skills and collaborating with a playwright to create an original play inspired by Church Street.
We will be performing this play for friends, family and the wider community on Saturday 8th April at 7pm.
Greenside Community Centre
24 Lilestone Street
Tickets for this performance can be booked online here.