Together We Are Stronger

Listen to the stories…

Between October 2020 – January 2021, artist Natasha Rand interviewed residents and staff from Somerset Care and local elders from Yeovil to ask how they have been coping and to share their life experiences of difficult times from their past. It captured significant moments of their life from travel to friendship, war time hardship to mental health.

PODCAST 18 (Final Episode): Jaine

Jaine is the activity lead at Burnworthy House in South Petherton. She speaks of empathy, compassion for a role she truly enjoys.

She really embraced the pod cast project as a way of preserving memories and challenges the preconceived ideas of a care home.

Jaine tells us about how the project has impacted on the lives of the residents, educating them on the positives of social media and how it has connected the residents with the outside community. What comes across is Jaine’s passion for the “Together, we are stronger” project and how she believes the ripples from this creative process have impacted many.

PODCASTS

18 podcasts (approx. 5 mins each) will be released on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 6 weeks from the 22 February.

Recorded & produced by Natasha Rand
Edited by Stephen Ives

You can also listen to the podcast via Spotify below
(kindly provided by Somerset Library):


FAMILY ACTIVITY PACK

Put together by artist Natasha Rand (Creation Generation) with Yeovil Library, a 12 pages activity pack contains a range of creative activities for primary school age children and their family, part of our ‘Together We Are Stronger’ community project.

You can download the pack or obtain a printed copy from Yeovil Library.


Call for entry from Yeovil young creatives!

For all 14-18 years old in Yeovil and surrounding village to create poster art or creative writing respond to the project. Work will be exhibited in Yeovil Art Space and Window Art Trail in April and May. Download the brief below about how to enter.

Join the Creative Writing Workshop on Saturday 13 March 2pm.
Contact us on yeovilartspace@gmail.com


TOGETHER, WE ARE… Campaign

Share your positivity with us by following the instructions below:

  1. Find a piece of A4 size paper or using the back of a cereal packet
  2. Write ‘Together, we are (Something cheerful, positive).’
  3. Hold it up and take a picture (cover your face if you don’t want to be recognised)
  4. Post your picture on your social media (Facebook & Instagram) with #TogetherYeovil so we can find yours and share.
  5. Please email your image to togetheryeovil@gmail.com by the 31 March if you want it to be shown together with others as part of of the Window Art Trail in town.

Click the link below to find out more about the concept behind the campaign.


Led by artist Natasha Rand, we are working with care home residents and staff, elderly, young people and creatives in Yeovil, telling the stories of bravery and kindness across generations. Podcasts, exhibition, window displays, workshops and family activities are taking place in different forms and locations.

Working in partnership with Eastville Project SpaceSomerset CareYeovil LibraryQuedam Shopping Centre, Love Yeovil & Yeovil College, Buckler’s Mead Academy with the generous support from The National Lottery Community FundSomerset Community Foundation, South Somerset District Council, Art Council England Lottery Fund.

About the project

‘Together We Are Stronger’ is a project to record stories of isolation, bravery, and kindness during lockdown to reconnect generations and foster a sense of community (during the Covid-19 pandemic) via digital storytelling. 

Artist Natasha Rand (founder of Creation Generation) interviewed residents and staff from Somerset Care and local elders from Yeovil to ask how they have been coping and to share their life experiences of difficult times from their past. 

The PODCASTS will be released here on this page and then shared in the care homes, alongside the response from young people, families, and creatives, including artworks and writing from WORKSHOPS, FAMILY ACTIVITY PACK, and ARTIST COMMISSIONS; followed by a range of creative responses to share with the public, including WINDOW DISPLAY at the town centre and an EXHIBITION at Yeovil Art Space. 

We hope ‘Together We Are Stronger‘ creates more opportunities for intergenerational work in Yeovil and support cohesion and new partnerships, linking different groups and organisations together. We would like to thank, for their generous support, the individuals and organisations who have made this project possible.