Intergenerational stories and creative projects in Co. Meath communities are to be displayed on the new National Community Time Machine website launching this month.
The Community Time Machine initiative is an age-friendly cross-generational community archive project designed to connect young people with their older neighbours through a series of facilitated interviews, art projects and photography. Over the past several months, community groups from around Meath took part in this exciting creative project. The work of these participants including interviews and creative responses which paint a picture of Meath’s community spirit, past and present, was displayed in a digital archive launched Wednesday, October 26th, at timemachine.neighbourhoodnetwork.ie.
This initiative has been supported by Age Friendly Ireland, Meath County Council, Creative Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The project has offered communities a chance to connect in a safe, supportive and creative way during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We were delighted to get involved and contribute towards this worthy project especially as it linked into our local Age Friendly and Healthy Ireland Meath programmes. These are the type of initiatives that can connect everyone and every ability together”, said Áine Bird, Meath County Council.
When asked about her thoughts on community, participant Mairead Stapleton said “Community means a lot to me. I love putting a smile on people’s faces and would do anything to make that happen.” Largely that is what this project’s about – connecting communities and encouraging people to learn from and support one another.
Neighbourhood Network is delighted to have launched this project alongside 7 other counties on the National Time Machine website including Donegal, Longford, Westmeath, Clare, Cavan, Kilkenny, Kildare, and Dún Laoghaire.