Age UK West Cumbria has teamed up with PBP to launch a new art competition, putting older people in the spotlight.
“I am AGE UK ” which is aimed at children aged 3-11 is open to all primary school children in West Cumbria and asks entrants to create a full-length picture portrait of an older person in their life who is important to them.
Marking the start of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 (which runs from 1-7 February) the competition launches on February 1st and runs until the end of March.
Five winners will be selected to receive a prize, kindly donated by Derwent Pencil Company. They will also have their portraits made into full size images which will be displayed in Age UK West Cumbria’s store locations. One overall winner will also win a £100 Amazon voucher for their school. The charity has also committed to using all entries within their promotional campaign ‘I AM AGE UK’ to showcase the vibrancy of West Cumbria’s older population.
Claire Johnson from PBP explains, “We have been working closely with all of our local primary schools, the last 12 months has seen an increase in requests from schools to support with mental health, resources and activities that help develop and build up confidence and resilience. We are delighted to be working with Age UK West Cumbria to be able to support these requests and help deliver this fantastic programme to all of our local primary schools”
In addition, the competition is backed up by a set of FREE lesson plans that can be used in schools to promote health and well-being. All activities have been devised by Age UK West Cumbria focusing on the mutual benefits of an intergenerational relationship. Each task links to the 5 standard routes to well-being and can be used in KS1 and KS2 by both teachers and parents. CLICK HERE FOR FREE LESSON PLANS
Polly Harris from Age UK West Cumbria comments, “Older people in our communities have never felt so isolated. Here at Age UK, we work on the principle that ‘No-one should have no-one’ and we are keen to help people realise the value and importance of older residents in our communities. We hope that our competition will help to put older people back in the spotlight, encourage school children to realise the mutual benefit of those intergenerational relationships – and at the same time create some wonderful artwork! Creativity is so good for health and well-being and we hope these activities will help schools to support their children at this difficult time. We’ve loved working with the team at Primary Business Partnership, who are so enthusiastic and have helped us to connect with local schools – and look forward to seeing the results!”