Stratford's older generation are getting into the arts thanks to £100,000 project
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 April 2018
Stratford Circus have been given £100,000 for a project to get older people involved in the arts.
Stratford Arts Social offers older people in Newham the opportunity to take part in and organise activities with established artists, in a bid to boost creativity and build new friendships.
The funding from Arts Council England should go some way to tackling loneliness among older people, with more than a million over-75s saying they can go a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or relative.
Joyce Wilson, London’s area director for Arts Council England, said: “Getting creative can be an antidote to isolation for many, and through the Stratford Arts Social, more older people will get the opportunity to use and showcase their creative talents while meeting new people.
“We know what crucial work this project is delivering by offering opportunities to those who are most vulnerable in Newham.”
The project is support by Newham’s adult social care service and Age UK East London, and will focus particularly on the borough’s asian and muslim population.