• Liverpool City Region

New funding to help older people enjoy the arts in Liverpool

Local organisations across the Liverpool City Region are being encouraged to apply for a new wave of funding to help older people feel less isolated through the enjoyment of art.

As part of the Happy Older People (HOP) network, six new ‘HOP Pots’ of up to £300 each are available to put towards new partnership projects developed by an arts or cultural organisation.

National Museums Liverpool created HOP in 2014, and joined forces with LightNight organisers Open Culture to produce and develop a network of organisations with the aim of finding new collaborative ways to engage local older people in arts and culture.

Rachael Treacher, HOP project manager at Open Culture, says: “The point of HOP is to create an opportunity for arts organisations to connect with older people, and what better way to do this than to go straight to the organisations that work alongside these people on a daily basis?

“Collaborating is of mutual benefit, and although £300 doesn’t sound like a lot, it is a great kick starter for creating some simple projects that can make a huge difference to improving the lives of the older people who are being reached.”

This is the fourth round of HOP Pot funding since 2014, previous projects have included themed craft workshops developed by Helena Partnerships in sheltered housing schemes, a digital surgery run by The Royal Court Community Choir alongside Liverpool Girl Geeks, and the Get Active Trackers project whereby Care and Innovation Limited worked with African elders to offer regular exercise opportunities to members.

The HOP network consists of a variety of arts organisations, healthcare professionals and providers, older people, housing associations and community groups.

The next network meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 June from 1:30 – 3:30pm at Blackburne House.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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