The Pulse is a café in Sittingbourne, supported by Skillnet CIC and run in conjunction with adults with learning difficulties.
Memory Generation will be an event at the end of September this year, bringing generations together to create original art and writing, focusing on memories of Swale. Local producer and content creator Gordon Lamont will film the whole process, which is hoped will inspire other community cafes to develop their own version.
The results of the project will be documented in the December issue of Pulsin’, the lively magazine produced by the Pulse. The next issue will be out on June 1st.
Holly Smith, project manager, says: “Building links with the community is what Skillnet is all about. We are excited to be involved in something new and innovative rooted in Swale and bringing people together in an inclusive way.
“Skillnet Group supports people with and without learning difficulties to work together equally to develop projects and support networks and to challenge attitudes about disability. We make links within local communities to build strong local knowledge so that people with learning difficulties have an equal place in mainstream society. The cafe is fully accessible and offers a place where people can feel engaged and connected to each other and to their community.”
Gordon Lamont, who was part of the BBC Learning team to win a BAFTA in 2008, continued: “I loved working with the people at the Pulse and so jumped at the chance to be involved in this project. For me it’s the perfect creative mix, bringing different people together with a clear aim and structure and then… who knows what will result? It’ll be exciting and different for sure.”
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