On Wednesday 2nd March LinkAge launched its 'Step Into My Shoes' exhibition at the Engine Shed in Bristol. The exhibtion aims to raise awareness of the ever increasing issue of isolation and loneliness in Bristol, but also asks local businesses how they can support local older people. As part of the two month exhibition, LinkAge will also be holding Intergenerational workshops at the Engine Shed to highlight how the support of younger people through technology can help to overcome loneliness.
LinkAge has recieved great publicity from the exhibition with a piece on Made in Bristol TV's 6 news. Reporter Rachael visited LinkAge's Henbury Hub to speak to older person Grace Holmes, who was once someone who was impacted by isolation and loneliness. Now Grace can be found at local activities such as Line Dancing, Cooking and New Age Kurling, and she even runs her own Monthly Coffee Morning. Made In Bristol also spoke to Senior Community Development Worker Ricky Bush and Engine Shed Director Nick Sturge. To view the coverage click here and skip to 02:02.
You can also here Dr Phil Hammond and LinkAge's Senior Development Manager talking on BBC Radio Bristol about the issues of isolation and loneliness, on Saturday 19th March. Click here and skip to 49:38.
'Step into My Shoes' will be showing at the Engine Shed from 8:30am to 5:30pm, until Thursday 28th April.
If you'd like to find out how you can get involved, support and help LinkAge then call 0117 353 3042.