Rebuilding Bridges was an intergenerational music intervention that worked with participants, aged 7 months to 100 years, in three care home gardens in the Torbay area of the Southwest of England. The project followed the intergenerational pilot intervention “Making Bridges with Music” which took place in 2017. Rebuilding Bridges was an innovative music and arts intervention that ran for eight sessions (September to December 2021) and worked collaboratively with pre-school children, older people living in care homes, childminders and care home staff. The project aimed to re-ignite and grow the intergenerational relationships that music-making can inspire, gently opening the doors of Torbay’s care homes as we emerged from the pandemic.
The intervention had the following aims:
- to reduce isolation and improve the wellbeing and confidence of older and younger participants
- to re-ignite and grow the intergenerational friendships that music-making can inspire, as we emerge from the pandemic
- to develop skills and knowledge of intergenerational practice for emerging artists, who will create their own artistic responses to the project
- to engage practitioners in reflexive practice, extending learning through CPD sessions.
To achieve these aims, the following objectives were identified:
- to assess the effectiveness of the intervention in terms of wellbeing
- to provide opportunities for practitioners and emerging artists to engage in professional development
- to progress dialogue on intergenerational music practice, providing practical and inspirational resources
- to explore possibilities for conducting a longitudinal study of the impact of music-based intergenerational engagement.