Magic of Christmas Memories
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, every Christmas employee-volunteers would visit Independent Living Communities (ILCs) and Care Homes in York to host Christmas parties and spread some festive cheer amongst the residents. These were always a popular activity for our members. For the first time in 2020 we were unable to host these as a result of restrictions due to the pandemic.
This year, we have been able to return to hosting face to face events and have delivered a number of activities at local ILCs in York. These have included Christmas display making and a wreath making session and Christmas parties.
As part of our Christmas activities this year, we have worked with Dandelion Arts and Inkblot Films, with support of the City of York Council and residents at two local ILCs to create a short film based on Christmas memories of older people and recreated into a piece of drama by local school children from Clifton With Rawcliffe Primary School. The film highlights food, traditions, Christmas morning, music, presents and the overall magic of Christmas.
We have shown the film to a number of older residents in York and we have had some wonderful feedback from them. We hope that this project will help kickstart our intergenerational activity in the future. We will build upon the connections that have been made through the project and will look to run similar initiatives in 2022.
Thank you to everyone who made the film possible, it’s been wonderful to be able to celebrate memories of Christmas and the magic it can bring in these uncertain times.
You can see the film here: York Cares – Magic of Christmas – YouTube
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The York Cares Team