Rebecca Seymour, Creative Producer for Celebrating Age Wiltshire shares some of the planning for Phase 2 of the project

After a break for the Summer, Celebrating Age Wiltshire is back with Phase 2, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and Wiltshire Council’s Area Boards, along with several trusts and foundations to deliver a range of creative activity for vulnerable older people in our community over the next five years.

Whilst we can’t deliver monthly live events at the moment, we will still be releasing high quality monthly online concerts for people to enjoy from their arm chairs. The first two of these have been recorded in the WMC auditorium this week and will be edited and ready for release for International Older People’s Day and Silver Sunday at the start of October. 

We may not be able to organise live music inside libraries and village halls yet, but we are organising plenty of outdoor local neighbourhood concerts all around Wiltshire, for people to enjoy safely, at a distance, from their front doors, windows, patios and gardens.   These outdoor concerts will bring high quality music to many who have been isolating for months. We also have our wonderful local volunteers supporting us with the planning of these mini concerts, so we reach those who really need it.  

We are also launching a 1:1 Creative phone conversations programme, offering isolated people the chance to discuss themes and topics of interest with a friendly creative on the phone.  This will be piloted in the Melksham area with a grant from Wiltshire Community Foundation for Connecting Communities.

We’re busy attending the 10 Wiltshire Council Area Board meetings to confirm our Health & Wellbeing funding from each area during September and October – there are some bonuses to meeting on Microsoft Teams, rather than driving all round Wiltshire in the Autumn evenings as in previous years!

I look forward to sharing some photos and feedback from our first concerts with you all very soon.

Rebecca Seymour
Creative Producer, Celebrating Age Wiltshire