lead facilitator Alan Smith, as part of the Dream Intergenerational project, brought a set of photographs in to show the children of people and businesses that existed when Alan’s mother and father were their age.
The photographs, in atmospheric black and white, included people like Eddie Barton, from Bartons Pickles and the childrens favourite Duggie Greenhall, a former St Helens Rugby player whose uncompromising style of play and flamboyant lifestyle endeared the children to his story.
The children were told that these very successful people not only had dreams, hopes and aspirations but they worked exceptionally hard to achieve their individual goal. To emphasise this the group was shown Colin Greenhalgh who gets up at 3.30am, 6 days a week to work in his bakery.
Jack, one of the students told me, ‘I now know why my mum is always telling me to study hard. I dont want to get up at three o’clock to go to work’!
The new ‘Reminiscence Karaoke’ took place at the Mansion House St Helens on Thursday the 15th of May.
Dementia well-being was the aim as our usual high class volunteer acts did songs from thought the decades
Again, We have found out from these sessions that the service users and attendees rather than getting up singing they would sooner sit and sing along and dance.
Lovely and moving moment when Daddy Daughter combination of Marie and Eric sang together for the first time in many years.
Eric, who has been a suffer of dementia for 5 years sang ‘Rose Garden’ with Marie without the aid of the words on the television screen.
Marie told us after that when growing up this was the song her dad would always sing to her. The performance took them both back to a happier time.
Following on from the success of their first performance, Break Free, Other Ways Of Telling will be returning to the library with their unique blend of poetry, humour, music and performance. Rehearsals are now in full swing with the cast creating a funny but moving performance.
The performance will be a journey that will be filled lively songs and the highlight of the tour include a visit to the “National Museum of Shopping”, where you will be lucky enough to witness first hand the 21st century phenomena of ‘homo sapiens hunting for bargains’.
Saintland will tell the story of fairy tale characters after the fairy tale is over, when it turns out that Neverland is not what it’s cracked up to be…and holds up a magic mirror to the world we’re living in: Saintland – where Neverland meets Poundland.
Sid and Marion came along to St Peters School to learn the children about their childhood and upbringing. Both brought in toys from their era. The children were fascinated with the simplicity of them and how imagination played a major factor in the enjoyment of them.
The children, using Dream as their inspiration, dressed as they saw their future hopes and aspirations. As usual there were plenty of footballers and rugby players, but this time interspersed with Nurses, Archaeologists, Teachers and Vets.
Kyle, one of the students said : ‘I loved the cats cradle, it beats minecraft’!
Year 5 Dressed in their hopes and aspirations.