Making Time

Older people theatre


We have a long-term commitment to the Making Time initiative, originally developed through our Get Together local programme, with support from lottery funds. In 2017, the Company was inspired by the Campaign to End Loneliness to extend the programme to involve new participants in a Day Trippers group; bringing in new people to the actacentre, for a hot meal (a partnership with Fareshare), with minibus transport and a volunteer team to support. The two projects later merged to offer a new extended Making Time arts project at the actacentre in recent years.

What is Making Time?

20 – 25 participants from across Bedminster come together at acta to share stories and a hot meal, and to be creative. Making Time created their very own puppet show, Phoebe’s Adventure, which performed to local schoolchildren in Spring 18. There have been a whole series of intergenerational workshops and initiatives developed with the local schools in recent years, and Making Time members report how much they value these opportunities to interact with the children:

We started as strangers and now we’re friends. That really means a lot…

We all got such a lot out of it… What came across for me [in the feedback from the children] was that the whole group mentioned it really was a group performance… I was impressed by how the children reacted; I didn’t expect that, it surprised me. They didn’t expect it to be so professional…I think the kids were wonderful, they really reacted…

“It brought me out of my shell. I get a big glow from the lot of you, from coming here. I’ve never been in a place like here. I thank you…This journey’s not over yet; we’re going on to do great things; this is just the beginning.

What next?

We are currently developing new creative ideas for intergenerational projects and seeking investment for Making Time post-lockdown. We are staying connected with participants through Lockdown through doorstep conversations, postcard exchanges, food parcel deliveries and much, much more! Read more about our Creation in Isolation project.

Participant highlights

Working together and putting on the play and making the children happy…I have made some lovely friends and enjoyed everything that we do, I like the plays we have done.

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