Magic Me is an arts charity that brings the generations together to build a stronger, safer community.
Our projects often link unlikely partners. Young people aged 8+ and adults aged 60+ team up through shared, creative activity. Intergenerational groups meet on a weekly basis in schools, museums, older peoples clubs, care homes, community and cultural organisations.
Projects are led by our team of freelance creative artists: musicians, dancers, photographers, printmakers, writers and drama specialists. They design activities to stimulate conversation and an exchange of ideas. Participants are often diverse in culture and faith as well as age group.
Our annual programme combines tried and tested models with trialing new ideas and projects. Read our Annual Report to find out more.
Intergenerational projects linking care homes and schools are one of Magic Me’s core programmes.
Older people who move into care homes often experience great feelings of loss: of their home, health and independence. Many residents tell us they feel forgotten, cut off from the wider community and social activities they have known all their lives. Confidence is knocked and people withdraw.Magic Me offers new activities and a change of pace. Young people bring fresh energy and ideas, encouraging their older partners to join in. Magic Me artists are experienced in devising intergenerational projects that cater for diverse groups. Children are carefully prepared and practise communication techniques so they are ready to meet people who have had strokes, with dementia or sensory impairments. They reflect regularly learning much about themselves as well as the residents.
“When you come we know we are not forgotten.” Silk Court Resident.
Residents told us they also wanted evening activity, to relieve the boredom between dinner and bed. We set up Cocktails in Care Homes in 2010 providing monthly parties in care homes across London, hosted by young adult volunteers.
Our pioneering Artists Residencies programme has brought immersive theatre, alternative cabaret, performance art, circus and aerial work from four of the UK’s leading performing arts organisations into care homes for the first time, and continues to grow.