Guest written by Emma Kaye, Account Executive on the Consumer Team
June 13th was not just any old Saturday, as it saw hundreds of visitors aged one to 95 descend on Hoxton Square to celebrate GrandFest, a one day festival, organised by TVC, to celebrate older people and the skills they possess.
A series of master classes were held by talented older people, all aged 70 years and over, in museums, shops, cafes and bars in and around the creative hub of Hoxton in East London. The event was to raise awareness of the Royal Voluntary Service and the amazing services they provide.
To sum up, RVS supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions including – Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels – that all alleviate loneliness.
I loved the concept behind GrandFest – passing on ‘heritage’ skills to the younger generation. Our GrandMakers were the stars behind all the masterclasses, as they were passionate about their skills, which varied from flower arranging and home brewing to crochet and modern sequence dancing. All of the Grandmakers were a fantastic asset to GrandFest and it was a pleasure to hear what instigated their hobbies; crochet GrandMaker Celia learnt from her grandmother, and wood turner Arthur was inspired by his school teacher. Celebrity garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, even made an appearance and hosted his very own masterclass on potting and planting at GrandFest.
The masterclasses were packed with younger people eager to learn a new skill; there was an amazing selection of food and drink, as well as great entertainment from older people’s flash mob, Claremont Project dancers and the nostalgic 1940’s trio The Belladonna Brigade. The whole event was a true success.