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Barrhead then and now: bringing generations together creatively

There was some creative intergenerational working going in Barrhead last week, as young people on our Creative Pathways programme and over-60s from our Craft Cafe project in the town came together to discuss Barrhead past and present.

The group had originally met near the beginning of the young people's project which started in June. They discussed changes in the town and local life on a day-to-day basis.

The young people then decided to produce a photography project - entitled Barrhead then and now - which placed old images of Barrhead next to ones they had taken themselves to emphasise the changes that had taken place.

Last week, the team presented their project at the Craft Cafe workshops Impact Arts runs for older people at Barrhead Sheltered Housing Complex.

This prompted further discussion about differences in life in the town between the generations, and the group shared some fascinating and funny stories about their childhoods.

These discussions are to be turned into a poem by Julie Anna Douglas, a professional poet, with illustrations accompanying. Watch this space.

Alyson, 19, loved showing her work to the Craft Cafe members.

"It was really nice," she said, "I felt very proud."

"I love looking at old photos and find it really interesting. You see it from a different perspective and we got to hear stories about what happened at the time."

"I think its good for older people and young people to interact with each other. I don’t think many older people get to be around young people and find out how the generations are different now."

Creative Pathways: Environmental Design in Barrhead is funded by Barrhead Housing Association, the Big Lottery Fund's Our Bright Future initiative, Inspiring Scotland and the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund.

The aim of the project is to pass on creative skills to young unemployed people, while preparing them to find work through employability training in things like CV writing and interview skills.

Craft Cafe in Barrhead runs at Barrhead Sheltered Housing on Wednesday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. It offers relaxed, friendly and creative sessions to socialise and pick up skills from an artist-in-residence.

For more about Impact Arts' work with young people, please visit this section of our website.

For more about our work with older people, please visit this section of our website.

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