Learning valuable lessons for living

LESSONS: Stephen Stanley, left, Geraldine Gillen, Deb Hughes, Joseph Matthews, Jessica Carpenter, Robert Golding, Rakesh Sarkar and, front, Ray Williamson.

LESSONS: Stephen Stanley, left, Geraldine Gillen, Deb Hughes, Joseph Matthews, Jessica Carpenter, Robert Golding, Rakesh Sarkar and, front, Ray Williamson.

Unlocking important life lessons from Whyalla Aged Care residents is the aim of a unique arts project organised by D’faces of Youth Arts with Whyalla City Council and the Whyalla Writers’ Group.

D’faces are on the lookout for young members of the community to speak with the residents and help discover their character and identity.

The program has been funded by Country Arts SA for the October School Holidays and will involve award-winning theatre maker Claire Glenn and digital multimedia artist Stu Nankivell.

D’faces Company Manager Robert Golding said the project would help uncover ‘pearls of wisdom’ that could be passed to future generations.

“Young and old people can be socially isolated from one another, so we thought we’d work collaboratively to break down those barriers and ensure they have a platform with which to create art together,” he said.

The Whyalla Writers Group will participate by recording oral histories from the aged care residents.

This subsequently will become part of a presentation to be shown at the end of the program at Annie Lockwood Court.

Mr Golding said the residents were ‘quite excited’ about the idea of working with young people.

“Some of the kids are really excited too,” he said.

Life Lessons is open to young people aged 7 to 27. To get involved contact the lifestyle department in your facility or contact D’faces on 8645 1265.