‘We cuddled the small furry chicks
The bunnies nuzzled with glee,
I wanted to capture the moments
To take home and enjoy with me.’
(The City Farm – Sally Flood, Magic Me Participant)
Innovative East London community projects Magic Me, Furry Tales and Rootless Garden all exist to combat social isolation and improve quality of life for older people through meaningful intergenerational activities involving nature, animals and the arts. Wednesday 25th June saw us all come together at the Private View of Magic Me’s Go & See exhibition to celebrate the joys of spending time together, young and old, outdoors amongst nature. Guests could enjoy their own DIY tea blend from Rootless Garden, have a cuddle with therapy guinea pigs Jeanie and Baxter, and listen to a beautiful poetry reading from one of the project’s participants, Sally Flood.
The exhibition showed participants’ photographs of Go & See’s outings across London for older people, including a very successful Furry Tales animal-handling session at Stepney City Farm. It also included an atmospheric soundscape of the group’s trips and gave visitors the chance to find out some more about the important work that these three brilliant projects are doing.
You can listen to the soundscape here.