The new Transitions project is an idea dreamt up by four third year English students at De Montfort University – Me, Victoria Cox, Eleanor Woulfe and Ciaran Quinn to tell stories of people’s lives and experiences, writes Lauren MacDougall. The initiative aims to work with people from the local and the charity ‘Learning in the Fourth Age’, which provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care. The project aims to stimulate and value those older members of the community, which are so often overlooked, by giving them the chance to share the stories that marked a significant change in their life.
The project will make use of the valuable life experiences and wisdom that those in the fourth age have acquired. The students will visit local care homes which work with ‘Learning in the Fourth Age’ and talk to residents about what really interests them or is significant to them.
However, the project will not end at these inspiring and valuable visits. In a similar manner to other projects affiliated with DMU Square Mile, such as the Babington Bear project, we will collect and collate this information, publishing it in a magazine form. This magazine will then be distributed throughout the Square Mile area, giving the whole community a chance to appreciate the wonderful stories that those in the fourth age are able to impart. We will also aim to present back to the residents, and hopefully the broader community, their collection of stories, and perhaps ask some of them if they would like to present their work themselves!
We would love for this project to stretch over all generations, to include those from the young to not so young! So if you or anyone you know has an interesting story to tell please feel free to contact us through DMU Square Mile.