Family Life Worcestershire
26th February 2021

Literary Festival & Care Charity partner for major inter-generational project

The Stratford Literary Festival and Kissing it Better Charity have partnered
to spearhead an exciting inter-generational collaboration exploring
experiences of isolation. In My Day – Memories of Isolation will be a
published collection of the memories of older members of the Community
recorded by their grand- and great- grandchildren. 

‘Lockdown has meant millions of older people have had to spend time alone,
away from family and friends, but for many of them it won’t be the first
time they have experienced isolation.’ Says Kissing it Better founder Jill
Fraser. ‘We are asking them to share their memories with their young
relatives or friends over the summer, and we will be publishing a selection
of them in a unique collection in the Autumn.’

‘Young people have missed out on so many elements of their education over
the long weeks of the Covid-19 crisis lockdown,’ adds Stratford Literary
Festival Director, Annie Ashworth, ‘and the project will not only teach them
how to interview someone and create a piece of writing, but will also help
them to understand their relatives’ lives – elements of which have been
brought into sharp focus over recent months.’ 

Young people aged 13+ are encouraged to chat with an older relative –
grandparent, great grandparent or family friend – and ask them about times
in their lives when they might have had to cope alone, be it the experience
of being an evacuee, facing emigration or quarantine during a childhood
illness, or travelling alone. Significantly, the project will be accepted as
the volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Full details of the project and how to enter can be found at

The project is supported by The Wilmcote Charitrust

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