To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow

On the brink of summer

In July our ‘Connecting Across the Generations Through Life History Work in Care Home Settings’ project comes to a close. It began in Feb 2019 with funding from Sheffield City Council’s People Keeping Well Fund and has been carried out by Carrie Twist.

She’s been enjoying the challenge of bringing adults with dementia and children together using music, reminiscence and storytelling. Her favourite quote is :

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn

Carrie had this in mind when thinking about the seeds we plant in the next generation. What if children could have a positive interaction with people living with dementia? What if they learned creative tools to engage with people? How would this change our ageist attitudes and make a difference to our experience of getting older?

Big questions! But she believes that scattering seeds now will hopefully bear good fruit in the future. And although a six month project feels like a drop in the ocean, we think it’s best to start somewhere!

She is off to wed Rev Edward Backhouse at the end of July but will be back after honeymoon, to run some family engagement sessions with The Montgomery. Keep your eyes open for the exciting family programme of events…

Carrie Twist