The Dream Intergenerational Project with students from St Peters School Newton Le Willows reached its conclusion in May. Gary, the Cultural Coordinator took both groups, plus photographer and facilitator, Alan Smith, on a final tour of the Dream site with all the students dressed as how they see their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future.
As usual for this age group there were plenty of footballers !!!! but in- dispersed with scientists, archeologists, vets and teachers. Along the tour both Sid and Marion from the older people group working on the project gave talks about their childhood and how their individual hopes, dreams and aspirations have changed with the advent of age. The students were bowled over with the older group and as Matthew (9) told me, ‘when Marion told us that her mother TOLD her where she would be working and what she would be doing when she left school frightened me. Especially when she said that she also had to give her all her wages and from that she would get back pocket-money!, that aint gonna happen to me’.
After the tour and photo shoot both students, Marion and Sid returned to the school where the students did a school assembly on both Dream, the mine, and what they had learned from the experience of working with older people. During the assembly Sid and Marion were presented with a plaque and a bouquet of flowers. Sid told me, ‘at 86 Gary I never thought I’d be doing anything like this. never mind the kids, I felt like a kid myself doing this !!!. Ive spent the last 3 weeks doing homework on what I can bring into the workshops to show the students about life in the 30’s and 40’s when I was their age.’ There was a long pause from Sid who then said, ‘Are we doing this again next year?’