In partnership with Regenda Homes, as part of Thriving Hollinwood initiative, the Local Lives project was set up to identify people living within the Hollinwood area who may be feeling socially isolated or lonely. Working with partners in the Hollinwood area to identify and refer people into the project, the Coliseum ran creative sessions exploring the local area with people from a range of different settings, ages and backgrounds to develop insights into how people view and envisage the themes of community and togetherness. The Local Lives performance was created from the conversations that took place; the memories, stories and thoughts generated within each workshop. Every word of the short play was spoken or had been developed by people living in Hollinwood.

 

The story highlighted the importance of everyday conversations, social interactions with different people from our community and a good cup of tea. The performance was attended by a range of people of different ages and backgrounds including young people from Oasis Academy Oldham, members of Walkers Road Tenants Association and members of Full Circle over 50s social group.

 

The event was also accompanied by an exhibition in the theatre’s Education Suite which hosted stands from Age UK, Action Together and Oldham Library, providing information on groups and opportunities to get involved in across the borough.

 

Beckie Kirkland, Regeneration Officer at Regenda Homes commented:

“The Local Lives Project was a great way to creatively engage community members who felt like they were socially isolated or lonely. We aimed to engage many different people and we did - anyone can feel lonely: young, elderly or families - so opening this project up to a variety of people was important to us. We will continue to work with the groups and people involved as part of the Thriving Hollinwood Initiative to ensure carry on for the project and lead people into other activities happening in their local neighbourhood.”

 

The Local Lives event is intended to act as a catalyst in referring people to other relevant

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