Alberts Owls and Acorns is an intergenerational group set up to bring older and younger members of the local community together throughout the whole of the Monmouthshire Borough. The group meets once a week in various locations to complete structured intergenerational sessions that include: art and craft activities, baking and gentle, physical exercise. This provides an opportunity for the different generations to integrate; to increase their understanding and respect for each other; to promote wellbeing and increase sense of worth and self-esteem; and to increase community cohesion.
Alberts Owls and Acorns have been successful in making loads of positive actions possible with the Pitch For Your Project Funding and will continue to carry this out in even more venues now that they have secured more funding:
- Reduce loneliness and isolation amongst some of the most vulnerable within our communities
- Provide increased community cohesion building relationships across the generations
- Give people something to look forward to - a reason to get up; get dressed and go out
- Contribute to a greater understanding of those around us
When social distancing is lifted, they are prepared and ready to bring to life a brand new group in Abergavenny, working with Deri View Primary school and residents within the catchment area.
Bronwen has suffers with a few ailments that have meant that her ability and confidence in going out has become less and less. However through Alberts Owls and Acorns this has changed from her very first session. Bronwen is now in her 3rd term of owls and acorns, which she thoroughly enjoys, but it was in her first term that she made a special connection.
Bronwen was paired with one of the year 6 boys for 2 consecutive weeks; when the cohort of children changed the young boy asked if he could have her phone number – this was facilitated by the team and with parental consent they then began communicating outside of the group. Initially Bronwen was overwhelmed by that fact that an 11 year old boy would have enjoyed her company to the extent that he wanted to maintain their friendship. Their phone calls continue to this day (and she still can’t believe it!)