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Made Public asks for help to win funding for latest Colour in Romford project sharing memories of the older generation

PUBLISHED: 10:35 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 14 November 2017

Artists getting to the task of bringing art creations to life

Artists getting to the task of bringing art creations to life

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An artistic initiative is appealing for help to win funding for its latest project, to make the voices of pensioners be heard.

The Colour in Romford team The Colour in Romford team

Made Public, a Romford-based Community Initiative Company (CIC), is once again eager to carry on its Colour in Romford project, creating large-scale murals throughout the town centre with help from street artists and those who live in the area.

But this time, those behind the scheme wish to involve those 65 and older to inspire internationally renowned artists to create murals based on their personal memories and recollections of how Romford used to be.

Lauren Martin of Made Public said: “Society sees older people as being redundant and as a burden on resources.

“However, we feel that older people have a vast amount of experience, stories and wisdom to offer the younger generations.

“The world is constantly changing and so our history is often lost.

“This intergenerational project will encourage cohesion and communication between people of all ages through the sharing of stories, expressed through street art.”

According to Age UK, age discrimination is the most widely experienced form of discrimination across Europe” and Havering has the highest number of residents aged 65 and over in London.

The initiative has been shortlisted to win a grant from the Aviva Community Fund, which would be spent on a series of workshops for older people led by street artists.

Through a number of one-to-one sessions and discussions, concepts for the murals will be created.

A short film documenting the project will also be created and will be circulated to a wider audience, once again acting as a creative platform to promote the voices of older people and challenging any negative perceptions.

Made Public has received support from the GLA, Havering Council, local stakeholders as well as residents through previous crowdfunding campaigns for its work in the community.

Lauren said: “This presents a unique opportunity to change the lives and perceptions of harder to reach members of the community in which we live.”

To pledge your support, visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6198

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