Innovative Intergenerational "Ringing Change" Project

Two Dales based Charity, First Taste, is delighted to announce a grant of £4,930 from the National Lottery Awards for All Fund to assist with the costs of a new and innovative intergenerational Project called "Ringing Change" with the older people at the Meadow View Care Centre and some of the children from Churchtown Primary School in Darley Dale.

Other grants to help fund this project are being made by the Derbyshire Dales District Council's three Darley Dale ward members from their District Council's Local Projects Fund as well as a small grant from Darley Dale Town Council's Community Grants Scheme
Under the leadership of First Taste's Social Care Training Manager, Cecilia Harris, and First Taste's tutors, this new project will see the older people at Meadow View working with the children from Churchtown School in a learning programme of 33 creative arts and stimulative activity workshops including making music with Bellplates - a simple form of handbell that produces a sound similar to that of church bells. 

The Project is designed to: help understandings between the generations; share knowledge & experiences; develop respect for older people and the frailties of advanced older age; learn together new skills and have lots of fun
Both the Meadow View Care Centre and Churchtown School are very much looking forward to working together in this new venture.
The Project is expected to start in late February & will run until February 2018 when it is hoped that the Project will culminate in some form of celebratory event.
Further donations to support this Project would be very welcome and can be made via cheque made payable to "First Taste" which should be sent to Iris Wagstaffe, Voluntary Secretary, First Taste Office, c/o Ladygrove Mill, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FH. 

For further information about First Taste

see their website:

or contact Iris on 01629 733849.


Opportunity to really help frail older people in our community:

Are you concerned about the provisions of care for frail older people, sadly so many now with varying levels of dementia?

Do you have management, PR, media, technology or other skills.  

If so, Darley Dale based First Taste Charity, (  would love to hear from you.

We are seeking new trustees with skills to help drive forward the Charity’s aims of meeting the demands of working creatively in today’s challenging environment.  Please help us make a difference to the quality of life for vulnerable older people, especially those who are often out of sight, forgotten and unseen.   

For further information please contact:

Iris Wagstaffe,

Trustee & Voluntary Secretary

at the First Taste Office,

Tel: 01629 733849