A NEW Intergenerational Community Archive initiative launching in Kildare is seeking volunteers to help facilitate the project in their area!
The Community Time Machine initiative is an age-friendly cross-generational community archive project designed to connect young people with their older neighbours through a series of facilitated interviews, art projects and photography. It is a simple and fun way to have a positive impact and strengthen your community connections.
Neighbourhood Network is delighted to be launching this initiative in Co. Kildare this autumn in partnership with The Creative Ireland Programme, Age Friendly Ireland, Kildare Co Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development.
Members of the community across Co. Kildare are now invited to come on board as organisers for this exciting project. The role of community organisers is to gather five or six young people, aged 12 – 18, to interview senior members of their community over the phone. The interviews give both participants a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and connect with their community.
Each group that takes part will be given €100 towards a charity/group of their choice and a time capsule to store their project in.
A professional portrait photographer will visit each of the seniors involved in the project to take their portrait. The seniors will then receive their printed photo and all of the participants will have their work displayed on the national time machine gallery website.
“Kildare County Council are delighted to see that Kildare’s Age Friendly programme is part of this wonderful new Community Time Machine initiative. This collaborative project involving Age Friendly Ireland, the Creative Ireland Programme and the Department of Rural and Community Development will see cross generational projects aimed at combating social isolation. We look forward to capturing the diversity of our Kildare communities” said Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil Mayor of Kildare
“We are delighted that Kildare’s Age Friendly programme will be part of this National Community Time Machine initiative which will see a cross-generational community project that is intended to connect young people and their older neighbours. We look forward to seeing the creative ways in which these memories and stories are captured” added Marian Higgins, Acting Director of Services, Economic, Community & Cultural Development, Kildare Co Council
Ciara Perks has been acting as a Community Organiser, connecting young people and seniors who live in her area by facilitating interviews, inspiring them to create art works and capturing images to show how the community looks now and how it looked in the past. Ciara says: “This project has been a really eye opening experience for the young participants and myself, seeing the joy the area has brought to so many people even in the toughest of times.”
The Community Time Machine is a great way to get to know more about your community and its history, create something unique and develop community connections. The result is an inspiring collection of insights into the hearts and souls that make up communities all over the county.
If this sounds like a project you would like to see come to life in your area, visit https://timemachine.neighbourhoodnetwork.ie/ to get involved! The organisers would also love to hear from any youth groups, schools or clubs who might be interested in taking part.