Learning in the Lounge

First Published: 12/04/2023

Learning in the Lounge

Residents at Blenheim Court in Gateshead have been treated to a series of Learning in the Lounge sessions, as a result of a partnership between Equal Arts and Gateshead Council.

With felt-making, clay moulding, Christmas card and centre-piece making sessions, residents enjoyed a really varied, creative programme before Christmas.

“Blenheim is just brilliant, the residents are such a great bunch and an absolute delight to work with. Such an inspiring group, who are so enthusiastic…”

Hannah Shaw, Facilitating artist

“I would have never experienced anything like it if I had not been living here. It is lovely getting together and learning new skills… Overall, it was just lovely doing something new and different. We never stopped laughing.”

Blenheim Court resident

In January and February, the residents enjoyed seven weeks of music sessions, where they used their creativity to write lyrics about becoming older and wiser. The group then also selected their own instruments and composed music for the song.

“Blenheim Court has been amazing; I think it has been one of my favourite groups to work with. All the residents were brilliant, open and willing to give anything a go. There are some very talented people in this group. We wrote, produced, and performed a beautiful song together.”

Caroline Roach, Facilitating musician

The music sessions also had a very positive effect on those who took part:

“It’s been a joy working with the residents. They’ve really engaged with each other and the task in hand. Who’d have thought six weeks ago they’d have devised, written and performed their own songs about creative ageing… They’ve come on leaps and bounds as individuals and as a whole ensemble! They’re keen to continue and are now exploring ways to set up as a creative group, who want to try out more fun activities.”

Jos Forester-Melville, Learning in The Lounge Project Manager

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